WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Blue in the Face

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Lou Reed, Michael J. Fox, Roseanne, Mel Gorham, Jim Jarmusch, Lily Tomlin, Jared Harris, Giancarlo Esposito, Malik Yoba, Jose Zuniga, Victor Argo, Steven Gevedon, The John Lurie National Orchestra, Madonna, Sharif Rashed, Mira Sorvino, Keith David, Peggy Gormley & Harvey Keitel

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 1.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 7225 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 84
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 6/9/96
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Credits Information
(Director): Wayne Wang & Paul Auster
(Screenplay/Written By): NA
(Story): NA
(Music): David Byrne & Yale Evelev
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Kalina Ivanov
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(Editor): Christopher Tellefsen
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(Executive Producers): Harvey Keitel, Bob Weinstein & Harvey Weinstein
(Co-Producers): Hisami Kuroiwa
(Producers): Greg Johnson, Peter Newman & Diana Phillips

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.88:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Blue In The Face is the sequel to the comedy Smoke. Most of the actors are merely cameos as part of a Brooklyn crowd that frequents a popular cigar shop and its proprietor Augie Wren (Harvey Keitel). But when Vinnie (Victor Argo) the good-natured owner threatens to close the shop and turn it into a trendy vegetarian restaurant—the neighborhood proves they’ll do just about anything to save their favorite hangout.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.88:1, is overly bright with a greenish tint throughout. The color fidelity is completely oversaturated and plugged-up with red fleshtones. The picture is wanting in sharpness and detail and has poor contrast. Slight noise is apparent throughout, but there are virtually no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is poorly produced with dialogue that is noticeably ADR-produced and not well integrated into the scenes. The soundtrack has a mostly monaural character, except for the music score which provides aggressive surround envelopment.
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