WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Black Robe

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Lothaire Bluteau, August Schellenberg, Aden Young.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): VID
(Catalog Number): LDCVM5553WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bruce Beresford
(Screenplay/Written By): Brian Moore
(Story): NA
(Music): Georges Delerue
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Herbert Pinter
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Tim Wellburn
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jake Eberts, Brian Moore & Denis Heroux
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert Lantos, Stephane Reichel & Sue Milliken

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

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 visually stunning film of an unforgettable epic about a young, idealistic Jesuit priest who makes an arduous physical and spiritual journey into the ruggest 17th century Canadian wilderness inhopes of converting the Huron Indian tribes to Catholicism.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality of the 1.75:1 transfer is gorgeous with excellent color fidelity and not a trace of noise artifacts. The remarkable, softly-lit film-like images look absolutely natural and pleasing to the eye.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Stereo® soundtrack, although well recorded, lacks the surround aggressiveness to envelop the listener with a greater sense of being there.
(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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