WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Pickle, The

Reviewed In Issue 06 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Danny Aiello, Dyan Cannon, Clotilde Courau, Shelley Winters, Barry Miller.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 52686
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(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): Paul Mazursky
(Screenplay/Written By): Paul Mazursky
(Story): NA
(Music): Michel Legrand
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James Bissell
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Stuart Pappé
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Patrick McCormick
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Paul Mazursky

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:
Paul Mazursky’s comedy about a competent yet down-on-hits director, Harry Stone (Danny Aiello), who is offered a high-concept piece of sci-fi “teenage dribble” to direct. Forced to accept the challenge, if for no other reason than back taxes and alimony payments, he nevertheless feels this movie will be the end of a distinguished career.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is a bit rough overall although the picture is clear and sharp with no noticeable artifacts. What impairs the presentation is inconsistent fleshtones which tend to have a reddish cast. The measured aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is good with an acceptable enveloping, but subtle surround ambience that changes with each scene. The dialogue has a natural, dimensional stereo “feel” to it. The music score by Michael Legrand is first rate and well recorded.
(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
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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