WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Life Is Beautiful
Genre:Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 37 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi Giustino Durano, Sergio Bustric, Giuliana Lojodice, Amerigo Fontani, Marisa Paredes, Horst Buchholz, Giorgio Cantarini

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15971 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Roberto Benigni
(Screenplay/Written By): Vincenzo Cerami & Roberto Benigni
(Story): Vincenzo Cerami & Roberto Benigni
(Music): Nicola Piovani
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Danilo Donati
(Visual Effects): Pentastudio
(Costume Designer): Danilo Donati
(Editor): Simona Paggi
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Elda Ferri & Gianluigi Braschi

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

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:
Winner of three Academy Awards®, Life Is Beautiful is the acclaimed story of charming but bumbling Guido (Benigni) whose colorful imagination and ability to make the world a magical place becomes doubly important when the ugly realities of World War II threaten the serene lives of Guido and his beloved wife (Braschi) and adorable son (Cantarini). It is only the second movie to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film (“Z,” 1969).

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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