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Messiah, The

Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Lynne Dawson, Hillary Summers, John Mark Ainsley, Alastair Miles, The Bradenburg Consort, Roy Goodman, Crispian Steel Perkins, The Choir Of King

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID5815RADVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 140
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1993
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 10/31/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Dirk Jan Bijker
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Certainly one of the better-known classical music works, The Messiah by George Frederic Handel is celebrated here in a attempt to recreate the masterpiece much as it would have been heard in Handel

DVD Picture:
The 1.66:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced, and exhibits image quality that is suitable to the content of this disc. Colors are rich and fully saturated, with nicely rendered fleshtones and good balance. Images are generally sharp, though fine details are wanting and full shots of the orchestra or choir appear a bit smeared. Close-up shots are more detailed, but seem a bit flat. Minor shimmering and aliasing problems are evident, as well as occasional edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

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