WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dangerous Liaisons

Reviewed In Issue 06 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11872A/B
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1988
(LD Release Date): 07/01/89
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Stephen Frears
(Screenplay/Written By): Christopher Hampton
(Story): NA
(Music): George Fenton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stuart Craig
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): James Acheson
(Editor): Mich Audsley
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Norma Heyman & Hank Moonjean

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

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:
Based on the play by Christopher Hampton which he adapted from the 1782 novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses“ by Choderlos De Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons was nominated for seven Academy Awards® (including Best Picture). The story is about the lurid contest that begins when wealthy, predatory Merteuil (Close) challenges the manipulative Walmont (Malkovich) to seduce a beautiful and very proper young woman (Pfeiffer). Tragedy ensures as the one cardinal rule against falling in love is broken, and the players find themselves in an irrevocable state of scandal.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is absolutely gorgeous with perfect fleshtones, a definite treat for the eyes with its 18th century luxurious settings . The aspect ratio is 1.66:1, the European standard. Color fidelity is superb. The print element is the weakness of the transfer which displays grain and noise artifacts throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is stunning with a beautiful hypnotic suspenseful classical score which envelops the listener. The sense of subtle room ambience in the surrounds is outstanding as is the naturalness of dialogue with a spatiality seldom realized by other filmmakers.
(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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