WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Born Yesterday

Reviewed In Issue 06 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Melanie Griffith, John Goodman, Don Johnson.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1744AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 10/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Luis Mandoki
(Screenplay/Written By): Douglas McGrath
(Story): NA
(Music): George Fenton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lawrence G. Paull
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Lesley Walker
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Stranton Leopold
(Co-Producers): Stephen Traxler
(Producers): D. Constantine Conte

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Director Stephen Gyllenhaal’s remake of the 1940s screen adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel Born Yesterday stars Academy Award® nominee Melanie Griffith (Best Actress, Working Girl) as Billie Dawn, a Las Vegas showgirl whose lack of sophistication embarrasses her millionaire crass boyfriend (John Goodman) at political social events in Washington, D.C. A handsome and well-educated journalist (Don Johnson) is hired to help smarten her up and in no time she becomes an independent thinker. Thus proving that you should never underestimate the power of an underestimated woman.

LaserDisc Picture:
An orange-peel tint on the fleshtones mar this other acceptable transfer. The images appear unnaturally over bright as well, al-though people are sharply etched out of the backgrounds. The aspect ratio is 1.78:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack on this transfer has but an occasional subtle ambience in the surrounds. Dialogue is intelligible but strictly such scenes are mono sounding unless the music score is present.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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