WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Lost In Yonkers

Reviewed In Issue 06 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Richard Dreyfuss, Mercedes Ruhl, Irene Worth, Brad Stoll, Mike Damus.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 52666
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 11/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Martha Coolidge
(Screenplay/Written By): Neil Simon
(Story): NA
(Music): Elmer Bernstein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Chapman
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Steven Cohen, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Joseph M. Caracciolo
(Co-Producers): Emanuel Azenberg
(Producers): Ray Stark

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Lost In Yonkers is director Martha Coolidge’s wonderful film adaptation of the Neil Simon play. based upon the stage play by Ivan Menchell, a heartwarming and somber yet humorous affair. Set in 1942, the story is about two young brothers who are sent to live with their domineering, steel-hearted grandmother (Irene Worth) after their mother’s death. Their Aunt Bella (Mercedes Ruehl) who still lives at home and works in Grandma’s downstairs candy store is her 35-year-old daughter with the mind of a child. Uncle Louie (Richard Dreyfuss) is a small-time gangster who has, after years of absence, come home to hide out. What ensues is a comedy set amongst the pain that lurks in this family closet.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted aspect ratio is 1.85:1. The transfer is generally excellent with natural flesh tones and color balance throughout. Contrast and shadow detail is also excellent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
This is a wonderful soundtrack and a lovely music score recorded with superb depth and dimension. The subtle surround ambience nicely supports the drama and the dialogue is exceptionally natural sounding.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(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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