WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Return of Martin Guerre, The

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gerard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Barrier, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Isabelle Sadoyan, Rose Thiery, Chantal Deruaz, André Chaumeau, Maurice Jacquemont & Roger Planchon

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1467L-315
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $69.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1982
(LD Release Date): 1/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Daniel Vigne
(Screenplay/Written By): Jean-Claude Carriere & Daniel Vigne
(Story): NA
(Music): Michel Portal
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Alain Negre
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Ann-Marie Marchand
(Editor): Denise de Casablanca
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Daniel Vigne

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.60:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the timeless love story and gripping trial that took place in the mid-1500s and shot forty kilometers from the actual town of the story, Depardieu stars as Martin Guerre, a troubled young man who disappears for nine years after he marries Bertrande de Rois (Baye). When he returns to claim his wife, son and land, villagers soon begin to doubt whether Martin is the same man who left them in his youth.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is slightly cropped on the sides and has an aspect ratio of 1.60:1. The color fidelity is excellent with warm neutral colors, natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks. A sharp and detailed picture with excellent contrast, shadow detail is wanting. Noise and marring artifacts are apparent throughout

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished monaural.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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