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Jesus Christ Superstar

1973 / Special Edition
Genre: Musical

Reviewed In Issue 89 (Oct 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman & Barry Dennen

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a 15-minute interview with lyricist Tim Rice, audio commentary with director Norman Jewison and actor Ted Neeley, and a five-minute still montage.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 25786
(MPAA Rating): G
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type):
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1973
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/31/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Norman Jewison
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The rock opera (no spoken words, just singing) Jesus Christ Superstar, based on the book by Tim Rice, tells the story of Christ

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture exhibits satisfying quality, with colors that are somewhat dated, but well balanced. Compared to the previously released, non-anamorphic version (reviewed in Issue 33), this new DVD (for picture quality) is much preferred. Fleshtones appear accurate and blacks are deep, but often undefined. The picture is sharp with nicely rendered details and textures, like on Jesus

This is one of those soundtracks that literally cries out for a remastered 5.1-channel mix instead of the Dolby