WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Beautiful Girls

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Matt Dillon, Noah Emmerich, Annabeth Gish, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O’Donnell, Max Perlich, Martha Plimpton, Natalie Portman, Michael Rappaport, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman, Pruitt Taylor Vince

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 8014 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 11/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ted Demme
(Screenplay/Written By): Scott Rosenberg
(Story): NA
(Music): David A. Stewart
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dan Davis
(Visual Effects): Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Lucy W. Corrigan
(Editor): Jeffrey Wolf
(Supervising Sound Editors): Stuart Levy
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein & Cathy Konrad
(Co-Producers): Alan C. Blomquist
(Producers): Cary Woods

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:
In the bittersweet comedy Beautiful Girls, Willie (Timothy Hutton), Tommy (Matt Dillon) and Paul (Michael Rapaport) seem to have one thing in common after all these years—they can’t seem to commit to the beautiful women in their lives. Willie forgets about his fiancé—if only for a moment—when he meets the 13 year-old girl next door (Natalie Portman). Tommy, one-time big-man-on-campus, now big-time snow plowing loser, can’t commit to Sharon (Mira Sorvino) because he is still in love with the malicious Darian (Lauren Holly) and, like the rest of his friends, is dumbfounded when Andera (Uma Thurman) strolls into their favorite bar.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is exemplary in all aspects with only the slightest noise and artifacts in some scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a nice music score that images well across the soundstage with good depth. Dialogue sounds generally natural, though very forward and not always spatially integrated. Surround envelopment is subtle. Conventionally designed, the score provides nearly all stereo and surround ambience.
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