WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright, Harry Andrews, Eileen Atkins, Jenny Agutter

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ML100675
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 137
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1977
(LD Release Date): 4/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Sidney Lumet
(Screenplay/Written By): Peter Shaffer
(Music): Richard Rodney Bennett
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Tony Walton
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(Editor): John Victor Smith
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(Executive Producers):
(Producers): Lester Persky & Elliott Kastner

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Equus is the riveting movie version of Peter Shaffer’s acclaimed stage play. Richard Burton plays psychiatrist Dr. Martin Dysart whose job it is to unlock the deep-seated problems of Alan Strang (Peter Firth), a young man who blinded six horses with a metal spike. Dr. Dysart probes into the relationships Alan shares with his mother (Joan Plowright) and father (Colin Blakely) and finds clues in his mother’s skewed viewpoints on religion and morals. The film’s intensity demands your attention and many could find it far too disturbing.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.66:1 picture looks dated, but with often natural colors, accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Exterior scenes are often quite natural looking, with life-like hues, while interiors are sterile and wanting in clarity and openness. Images are often sharp and detailed with nicely rendered fine detail and texture. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. Noise and grain are distracting and mar the picture throughout. Video artifacts are also apparent. Though dated, the picture is a pleasant visual experience.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural with a music score that sounds compressed.
(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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