WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Photographing Fairies

Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Toby Stephens, Emily Woof, Frances Barber, Phil Davis, Ben Kingsley

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Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PolyGram Video
(Catalog Number): ID5424PG
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
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(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Nick Willing
(Screenplay/Written By): Nick Willing & Chris Harrald
(Music): Simon Boswell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Laurence Dorman
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(Editor): Sean Barton
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mike Newell & Alan Greenspan
(Co-Producers): Fonda Snyder & Lawrence Weinberg
(Producers): Michele Camarada

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): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After the tragic death of his wife, a grief-stricken photographer (Toby Stephens) spends his life attempting to contact her; in turn, debunking fraudulent spiritualists. When he encounters a woman (Emily Woof) who claims to have photos that prove the existence of fairies and worlds beyond our own, he becomes obsessed with seeing the spirits. Photographing Fairies is based on the book by Steve Szilagyi that is loosely based on actual events.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.85:1, is exquisitely detailed even into backgrounds. Color fidelity, contrast and shadow delineation are naturally rendered in all aspects. With the exception of the opening snowstorm, artifacts are mostly minor. This lovely picture is easy on the eyes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
This is a well-crafted sound design with excellent surround dimensionality in the Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete format. Dialogue sounds superb with natural spatial integration. The split surround imagery is superb with effective center back phantom imaging as well as directionalized envelopment. Bass extension is deep and powerful on both versions, especially with discrete enhanced .1 LFE. Effective sound effects are used throughout to deliver a magical holosonic ambience.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): Yes
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