WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Breaking Up
Genre:Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 33 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Russell Crowe & Salma Hayek

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15251
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 04/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Greenwald
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Cristofer
(Music): Mark Mothersbaugh
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Terrence Foster
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Suzanne Hines
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Arnon Milchan & David Matalon
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert Greenwald & George Moffly

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
For emotional lovers Steve and Monica, Breaking Up is about as common as the sun coming up in the morning. Their mostly “off again” two-and-a-half-year relationship seems to be primarily spent deciding if one should call the other after an argument. What Steve and Monica both claim had once been love looks more like lust, and the lure of the idea of being in love. If you watch this with someone you love, don’t be surprised if you both feel sort of irritated toward one another after it’s over—the movie, I mean.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.78:1 picture exhibits fully saturated colors that are rich and vibrant, with accurate fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed, though wanting in finer detail. Contrast and shadow delineation are generally good, though the picture sometimes exhibits a dark cast. Minor noise is apparent, but there are no distracting artifacts. The grayscale is pleasing in the black-and-white scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround soundtrack is satisfying, but conventional sounding with surround largely limited to the music score and occasional sound effects. Dialogue sounds generally natural with good spatial integration. The jazz-flavored music score is terrific for an enjoyable sonic experience.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(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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