WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Used People

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Shirley MacLaine, Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Marcello Mastroianni.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1993-85
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 6/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Beeban Kidron
(Screenplay/Written By): Todd Graff
(Story): NA
(Music): Rachel Portman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Sturart Wurtzel
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John Tintori
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lloyd Levin & Michael Barnathan
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Peggy Rajski

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:
Used People is an offbeat romantic comedy about Pearl Berman (Shirley MacLaine) an overworked, overtired Jewish housewife and mother in 1960s Queens. When Jack, her husband of 37 years, dies suddenly, Pearl alone must cope with her spirited, quirky, slightly insane family. Her live-in mother (Jessica Tandy) is a spunky, crotchety indecisive old woman. Her two combative, neurotic daughters round out the family album, one with a lifelong weight problem (Kathy Bates) and the other dressing variously as her favorite movie stars (Marcia Gay Harden). Pearl’s thrown a life raft in the form of Joe Meledandri (Marcello Mastroianni) a dapper, lovestruck Italian Romeo from the wrong side of the neighborhood who relentlessly pursues his Juliet. Ultimately, Pearl must choose between her maddening relatives and her starry-eyed suitor, none of whom it seems can live life without her.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted on this transfer to 1.85:1. It looks natural except for flesh tones that are reddish in hue, and colors that are generally subdued.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack renders intelligible dialogue, but no surrounds.
(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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