WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Man for all Seasons, A

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robert Shaw, Paul Scofield, Orson Welles, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Susannah York

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 80986
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $44.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1966
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Fred Zinneman
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Bolt
(Story): NA
(Music): Georges Delerue
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Box
(Visual Effects): Yes
(Costume Designer): Elizabeth Haffenden & Joan Bridge
(Editor): Ralph Kemplen
(Supervising Sound Editors): Yes
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): William N. Graf
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Fred Zinnemann

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A Man For All Seasons, from the play by Robert Bolt, won six Academy Awards® including Best Picture in 1966. Paul Scofield stars as Sir Thomas More, a respected English statesman, whose steadfast idealism brings him to his fate. More, a member of King Henry VIII’s High Council, is tried for high treason because he would not sign an oath recognizing the King’s marriage to Anne Boleyn. Neither the pleads from his beloved daughter (Susannah York) nor from his wife (Wendy Hiller) could make him give in to the courts and sign away his beliefs to regain his freedom. An astounding film on all accounts.

LaserDisc Picture:
Theatrically the intended aspect ratio was 1.66:1 but shown reframed in some theatres at 2:1. The edition is framed at 1.82:1 and appears to be transferred from an aged element. The picture is washed-out and exceedingly bright. Colors are vivid but fleshtones are peaked. Images are sharp but lack detail, and noise, grain and artifacts are seen throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Originally released theatrically on a roadshow basis, but oddly in mono, this edition too is in undistinguished monaural.
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