WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 28 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Betty Buckley, P.J. Soles, Sydney Lassick, Stefan Gierasch, Priscilla Pointer & Piper Laurie

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML106414
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1976
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Brian DePalma
(Screenplay/Written By): Lawrence D. Cohen
(Story): NA
(Music): Pino Donaggio
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): William Kenney & Jack Fisk
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Rosanna Norton
(Editor): Paul Hirsch
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Paul Monash

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based upon Stephen King’s novel, Carrie is the mesmerizing horror film that stars Sissy Spacek in her Oscar® nominated role as the tortured teenager, Carrie White. Known to some as “Creepy” Carrie, she is the butt of all jokes by her peers. But Carrie has telekinesis—the power to manipulate objects without touching them—and when a group of vicious teens make her the victim of a ruthless prank at the senior prom, Carrie unleashes revenge that causes all hell to break loose, taking you to the very depths of horror.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, hard matted at 1.85:1, exhibits slightly oversaturated and undefined interior colors, but fidelity is generally natural throughout. Images are wanting in sharpness and detail, sometimes exhibiting an extremely soft focus. Contrast and shadow detail are mediocre throughout. Slight noise and artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital discrete 5.1 is the preferred soundtrack, projecting dramatic aggressive split surround energy towards the end of the film. Dialogue generally sounds natural, but other sound elements are monaural with hum and background hiss.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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