WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Murielís Wedding

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Toni Collette, Bill Hunter & Rachel Griffiths.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 4701 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): P.J. Hogan
(Screenplay/Written By): P.J. Hogan
(Story): NA
(Music): Peter Best
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Patrick Reardon
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Terry Ryan
(Editor): Jill Bilcock
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lynda House & Jocelyn Moorehouse

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 Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Murielís Wedding stars Toni Collette as Muriel Meslop in a ďmocking but empatheticĒ comedy about self-esteem. The daughter of a politician, Muriel is known in her Australian town for saying and doing the wrong things. Muriel lives with the obsession that if she got married, she could prove to everyone, and herself, that she is a worthwhile person. When she catches the bouquet at a friendís wedding, she is ecstatic to think that she would be next. When she meets party-animal Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), the two become true friendsóand Muriel sets forth on a chaotic life of self-discovery. Gradually, a series of shocking events cause her to rethink her most cherished ideas about the important things in life.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture exhibits excellent image quality with vivid colors, deep blacks, and natural fleshtones. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent contrast and shadow detail. The picture is solid with no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is a bit bright in character, especially with regards to the í70ís Abba music. Conventional throughout the subtle surround envelopment is provided by stereo sound effects and music.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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