WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Never Talk to Strangers

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Rebecca DeMornay, Antonio Banderas, Dennis Miller, Len Cariou, Harry Dean Stanton

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11806
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 4/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Peter Hall
(Screenplay/Written By): Lewis Green & Jordan Rush
(Story): NA
(Music): Pino Donaggio
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Linda Del Rosario & Richard Paris
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Terry Dresbach
(Editor): Roberto Silvi
(Supervising Sound Editors): Jane Tattersall
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Rebecca DeMornay
(Co-Producers): Jean Desormeaux & Ralph S. Dietrich
(Producers): Andras Hamori, Jeffrey R. Neuman & Martin J. Wiley

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): SDDS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Never Talk To Strangers is a chilling suspense thriller starring Rebecca DeMornay as Dr. Sarah Taylor, a brilliant criminal psychologist who begins an exhilarating affair with the charming, enigmatic Tony Ramirez (Banderas). Tony’s succeeds in breaking through Sarah’s personal emotional walls, but a series of increasingly disturbing events threatens to destroy them.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture is mediocre and wanting in sharpness and detail, with interior scenes a bit too dark. Color fidelity is excellent with vivid colors. Noise is apparent in the darker scenes but there are no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is veiled in fidelity and limited in dynamics with electronically processed dialogue that, while recorded on interior sets sounds unnatural. Essentially a mono movie, it surround presence is extremely subtle.
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