WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Anne Frank Remembered

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Narration by Kenneth Branagh, Glenn Close.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 84646
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 11/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Blair
(Screenplay/Written By): John Blair
(Story): NA
(Music): Carl Davis
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Rien van der Pol
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(Editor): Karin Steininger
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): John Blair

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Anne Frank Remembered is the amazing and emotional Academy Award®-winning documentary from Jon Blair. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh with extracts from “The Diary Of Anne Frank” read by Glenn Close, vintage newsreel footage, photographs and even a rare home movie look beyond the celebrated pages of Anne’s diary. Filled with surprising and often heartbreaking interviews with family and friends, Anne’s life serves as an unforgettable symbol of the many lives lost in the Holocaust. Intended to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Anne’s death (she died in late Febrary or early March), Anne Frank Remembered was released theatrically on February 23, 1996.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.66:1 picture exhibits overall natural color fidelity and fleshtones. The color sequences are sharp and detailed with slight noise and artifacts while the black and white footage is dated with serious artifacts and film scratches.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a beautiful string orchestra that is well recorded with excellent soundstage imaging. The other elements are essentially the mono tracks from historical film reels and a nicely recorded dialogue narrative and commentary.
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