WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Body Heat

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, J. A. Preston, Mickey Rourke, Jane Hallaren & Kim Zimmer

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20028
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1981
(LD Release Date): 11/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Lawrence Kasdan
(Screenplay/Written By): Lawrence Kasdan
(Story): NA
(Music): John Barry
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bill Kenney
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Rene Conley
(Editor): Carol Littleton
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Fred T. Gallo

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): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Hurt stars as Ned Racine, a womanizing lawyer who happens upon the stunning, but married, Matty Walker (Turner in her film debut). After their second meeting, a passionate affair brings the two together while Matty’s husband, Edmund (Crenna), is away on business. Soon their desires for each other cannot be confined and they conspire to kill Edmund, but neglect to cover all of their tracks. Sultry, sexually erotic encounters, burning suspense, as well as scorching Florida temperatures in the film, add to the overall heat of Body Heat.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, with an aspect ratio of 1.88:1, exhibits natural color fidelity with rich and warm colors, accurate fleshtones and deep solid blacks. The picture is very soft, overall wanting in sharpness and detail with mediocre shadow detail. It appears that extensive use of filters was employed to create an overall atmospheric haze effect in many scenes. Slight noise is apparent in the darker scenes and artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural, but is well recorded and presented.
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