WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Glengarry Glen Ross

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD69921WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 05/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): James Foley
(Screenplay/Written By): David Mamet
(Story): NA
(Music): James Newton Howard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jane Musky
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Howard Smith
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Joseph Caracciola, Jr.
(Co-Producers): Morris Ruskin & Nava Levin
(Producers): Jerry Tokofsky & Stanley R. Zupnik

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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 David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Glengarry GlenRoss is a highly regarded “actors film.” The story is about the interaction of a group of hard-core real estate salesmen at Premiere Properties, some on the rise and some on the decline, but all lacking belief in the value of their product, and desperate for leads. Only Ricky Roma (Al Pacino) is on a hot streak. The Glengary sales leads could turn everything around if only these “losers” could get hold of them. There are hardly any scene changes, the film is virtually all dialog. And great dialog it is. The acting, featuring an all-star cast, is superb but the mood is cynical and not very uplifting. This is a film to respect for its tour de force performances.

LaserDisc Picture:
Picture quality is excellent with no faults of any kind apparent. Flesh tones look natural and color balance is good. The aspect ratio is the theatrical scope 2.35:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is good with excellent dialogue intelligibility and a hint of surround (there really wasn’t much opportunity to use surround effects as nearly all scenes are small interiors). James Newton Howard’s music is excellent and sounds great.
(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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