WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

City Of Joy

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 70686
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 134
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 11/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Roland Joffe
(Screenplay/Written By): Mark Medoff
(Story): NA
(Music): Ennio Morricone
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Roy Walker
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Gerry Hambling, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Iain Smith
(Producers): Jake Eberts & Roland Joffe

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

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:
Patrick Swayze stars as a disillusioned and disheartened young American doctor whose inner faith is restored through the friendship and trust of the people of an impoverished community in India in director Roland Joffe’s City Of Joy.

LaserDisc Picture:
The pristine digital video transfer is 1.85:1 and well framed. The picture has a warm, richly textured film-like quality with excellent color balance and accurate fleshtones.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Ennio Morricone’s masterful and compelling Eastern-flavored score is delightful and carries the epic quality of the captivating cinematography well. The Dolby Surround® soundtrack is quite strong and portrays an excellent atmospheric soundscape with a good sense of dimensionality and discreteness.
(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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