WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Craft, The

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachael True, Christine Taylor, Skeet Ulrich, Assumpta Serna & Cliff De Young

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 82416
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(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): Andrew Fleming
(Screenplay/Written By): Peter Filardi & Andrew Fleming
(Story): Peter Filardi
(Music): Graeme Revell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Marek Dobrowski
(Visual Effects): Sony ImageWorks
(Costume Designer): Deborah Everton
(Editor): Jeff Freeman
(Supervising Sound Editors): Bobby Mackston
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ginny Nugent
(Co-Producers): Lisa Tomell
(Producers): Douglas Wick

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
New girl Sarah (Tunney) tries to fit in among a tightly knit student body of a Catholic high school. Three other outcasts, Nancy (Balk), Bonnie (Campbell) and Rochelle (True), barely fitting in with each other, find a power when Sarah joins their secret circle—thus completing the four corners necessary for magic. When their spells magically and mysteriously begin to work, the coven of witches begin to exact vengeance on their enemies—inevitably taking their newfound powers too far.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.82:1 matted picture exhibits natural color fidelity, accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed with good contrast and shadow detail with slight noise and minor artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is not fully developed in its presentation. The ADR-produced dialogue sounds “manufactured” and is wanting in spatial integration. The music score has a narrow soundstage presence with poor imaging and depth. But sound effects are generally presented in stereo and bass is often deep, complementing the action scenes.
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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