WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Separate Tables

Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, David Niven Wendy Hiller, Burt Lancaster

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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Features audio commentary by Director Delbert Mann as well as the original theatrical trailer.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ML101759
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $24.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1958
(LD Release Date): 4/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Delbert Mann
(Screenplay/Written By): Terence Rattigan & John Gay
(Music): David Raskin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Harry Horner
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Marjorie Fowler & Charles Ennis
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(Executive Producers):
(Producers): Harold Hecht

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): 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:
Separate Tables is an acclaimed movie about the lives of a group of people at the seaside Beauregard Hotel. David Niven plays a supposed war hero who is looked upon with awe by a timid spinster with a domineering mother. They are joined by Burt Lancaster and Rita Hayworth, a divorced couple trying to make a new start—except that the presence of Wendy Hiller, Lancaster’s mistress, makes this rekindling a bit rocky. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards®, and brought home two.

LaserDisc Picture:
The black and white 1.66:1 picture exhibits a solid gray scale with excellent contrast and shadow delineation. The picture exhibits wonderful brightness, with sharp and detailed images and nicely rendered fine detail and definition. Blacks are deep and solid, and whites exhibit good clarity. There is minor noise and occasional artifacts apparent, but overall this is a nicely rendered picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that is compressed and distorted with background hiss and noise.
(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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