WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Nicholas and Alexandra

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Tom Baker, Irene Worth, Harry Andrews, Jack Hawkins

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 81306
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 172
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1971
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Franklin Schaffner
(Screenplay/Written By): James Goldman
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Rodney Bennett
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Box
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Yvonne Blake & Antonio Castillo
(Editor): Ernest Walter
(Supervising Sound Editors): Winston Ryder
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Sam Spiegel

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.55:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack):
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the book by Robert K. Massie, Nicholas And Alexandra is the story of the fall of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas Romanov II. The story begins with the royal couple (Jayston and Suzman) being blessed with a son, but feeling cursed that the child was born with hemophilia. Along with his worries about his son, Tsar Nicholas must also contend with his wife’s fascination with “that fantastic holy fellow” Rasputin. Awarded Oscars® for costume and production design.

LaserDisc Picture:
Shot at the Sevilla Studios in Madrid the set design and execution is meticulous. The film won Oscars® for Art Direction and Costume Design. The Panavision scope frame has been recomposed at 2.55:1. The picture is quite dark overall and plugged-up with non-existent shadow detail. There are color fidelity shifts in scenes, inconsistent fleshtones, and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Two versions of the soundtrack were produced, a 6-track magnetic for the 70mm release and a 4-track MagOptical for the 35mm release. This version is compressed mono.
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