WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Angels and Insects

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patsy Kensit, Jeremy Kemp, Douglas Henshall & Annette Badland

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Evergreen
(Catalog Number): ID3313HL
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 7/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Philip Haas
(Screenplay/Written By): Belinda Haas & Philip Haas
(Story): NA
(Music): Alexander Balanescu
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jennifer Kernke
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(Editor): Belinda Haas
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(Executive Producers): Lindsay Law
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Joyce Herlihy & Belinda Haas

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 SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on A.S. Byatt’s novella Morpho Eugenia, Angels And Insects is a mesmerizing and beautifully filmed journey of working class biologist, William Adamson (Mark Rylance). He takes up residence at the aristocratic Alabaster family’s estate, schooling the young children and niece Matty (Kristin Scott Thomas) while falling deeply in love with his benefactor’s beautiful daughter, Eugenia (Patsy Kensit). When she agrees to marry Adamson, he is unaware that such a marriage will cause jealousy and intimidation, stemming from his lack of breeding and wealth. But Adamson soon learns the horrifying secret behind the Alabaster family— a secret beyond any husband’s darkest fears.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture is overly bright in some scenes, exhibiting generally natural fleshtones and somewhat oversaturated colors. The picture is sharp and detailed with the slightest noise and artifacts throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is conventionally produced with subtle surround envelopment provided by the softly textured orchestral score and subdued ambiant effects. Occasionally, the surround presence has a more aggressive character. Dialogue is ADR-produced and sounds “manufactured” with poor spatial integration, sounding only slightly better in interiors.
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