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Legends Of The Fall

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 71 (Apr 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond & Henry Thomas

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00771
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for violence, and for some sexuality and language.
(Retail Price): $26.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1994
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Edward Zwick
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A family of three sons, headed by former cavalry officer William Ludlow (Hopkins), inhabits a ranch in the foothills of the Rockies

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced Superbit 1.85:1 DVD is slightly cleaner than the previously released DVDs, and offers subtle improvements in fine details. The same flecks of dirt and source element artifacts are apparent on each. There is some edge enhancement apparent but does not appear as severe as on previous versions. While some scenes are a bit soft, others are gorgeous, appearing very natural. Minor source element artifacts are apparent throughout. The picture is beautiful, with John Toll

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack for this DVD is the same as that with the previous DVD release. The DTS Digital Surround version edges out in terms of low-end tonal character and spatial resolution. This is an excellent soundtrack presentation. The intense war battle scene in Chapter 8 offers the most aggressive usage of the soundstage, greatly heightening the sense of direction, envelopment and spaciousness. Other times, the distribution of sounds is considerably more subtle, but is nonetheless compelling, in particular the split surrounds. There is also prodigious low-end utilization, with prominent .1 LFE activity. The deep bass also provides a foundation to the music. The dialogue production is fair, with spatial integration that is adequate. The James Horner orchestral score is a wonderful recording that provides for a sweeping expansive frontal soundstage and effective atmosphere from the surrounds. (Perry Sun)

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