WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

In Dreams

Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Annette Bening, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Robert Downey Jr.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID5957DW
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Neil Jordan
(Screenplay/Written By): Bruce Robinson & Neil Jordan
(Story): NA
(Music): Elliot Goldenthal
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Nigel Phelps
(Visual Effects): The Computer Film Company
(Costume Designer): Jeffrey Kurland
(Editor): Tony Lawson, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Redmond Morris
(Producers): Stephen Woolley

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Clair Cooper’s (Bening) dreams haven’t been so peaceful these nights. Not since her receptive mind has been receiving messages from a mysterious serial killer (Downey, Jr.) in the tense thriller In Dreams. Her family won’t believe her, nor her doctor or even the police when she tries to tell them of the killer’s next move, so it’s up to Claire to find and confront this madman on her own. Based upon the novel “Doll’s Eyes” by Bari Wood.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is filled with intriguing, creepy images that are nicely presented on the 1.82:1 LaserDisc. Colors are richly saturated and stylized with dark, contrasted imagery. Minor noise is apparent throughout. View this film in a completely blackened room to enjoy the incredibly rich appearance. While pleasing, the LaserDisc appears slightly smeared in color balance.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital discrete 5.1 and matrix PCM soundtracks are quite different in spatial character. The surrounds on the discrete are subdued compared to the much more aggressive character of the matrix version. The matrix sounds much more spatially dimensional and resolves low ambience much better. At times there is no surround signal on the discrete version, yet the matrix is fully engaging. This is a real disappointment, and the discrete never quite develops the dynamic impact and intensity that the scenes suggest, nor does the .1 LFE have any dramatic impact. Dialogue sounds generally natural with good spatial integration. The music is haunting, but veiled in fidelity.
(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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