WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Indian Summer

Reviewed In Issue 06 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Alan Arkin, Matt Craven, Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, Elizabeth Perkins.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1936AS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 09/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mike Binder
(Screenplay/Written By): Mike Binder & John Patrick Shanley Miles Goodman
(Story): NA
(Music): Miles Goodman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Craig Stearns
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Adam Weiss
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Caroline Baron & Jack Binder
(Producers): Jeffrey Silver & Robert Newmyer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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:
A touching comedic drama about summer camp and the now grown freinds who reunite there after 20 years, at the invitation of their old camp counselor Uncle Lou (Alan Arkin), who still has a few lessons left to teach. The friends pick up where they left off -- dreams of an idealized childhood and romance in the beautiful Canadian North.

LaserDisc Picture:
This 2.35:1 framing overall looks bright, colorful, and natural but in some scenes colors are over-saturated. Night scenes are will lit with excellent shadow detail. The images lack the sharpness of the best discs and there is an ever so slight noise that mars an otherwise satisfying visual experience.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is over produced. ADR dialogue is punctuated in all of the outdoor scenes that otherwise would have a natural ambience. Surrounds are virtually non-existent except for the music score.
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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