WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag, The

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Penelope Ann Miller, Eric Thal, William Forsythe, Cathy Moriarty, Alfre Woodard.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1463AS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 05/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Allan Moyle
(Screenplay/Written By): Grace Cary Bickley
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Gibbs
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Corenblith
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Janice Hampton & Erica Huggins
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ted Field & Robert W. Cort
(Co-Producers): Ira Halberstadt & Cynthia Sherman
(Producers): Scott Krooph

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Gun In Betty Lou's Handbag is a delightful, implausible, light comedy. Betty Lou (Penelope Ann Miller) is a painfully shy, small town librarian who is ignored by everyone including her police detective husband (Eric Thal), until she confesses to a murder she didn’t commit. Her laugh-filled adventures begin when she is befriended in jail by a more “worldly” woman (Cathy Moriarty) who helps to change her image. The sexy new Betty Lou becomes the center of attention and the town heroine as she aids in “busting” a murdering mob boss.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture looks soft and a little washed out, with a reddish tint to the flesh tones. It is however noiseless. The matted aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is generally very good. The dialogue, although always intelligible, is sometimes a little strident. Music sounds superb with excellent bass but the sounds of gunfire are strangely lacking in both bass and impact. Except for the music, surround are virtually absent.
(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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