WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore, Rod Steiger

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 4269-85
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $$59.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 148
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1955
(LD Release Date): 1/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Fred Zinnemann
(Screenplay/Written By): Sonya Levien & William Ludwig
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Oliver Smith
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Orry Kelly & Motley
(Editor): Gene Ruggiero, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Arthur Hornblow, Jr.

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Academy Award®-winner for Best Scoring of a musical picture and Best Sound, Oklahoma! was adapted from their musical play based on a dramatic play byy Lynn Riggs. The music and dancing takes place in the early 1900s and stars Gordon MacRae as a jovial farm hand in love with the farmer’s lovely daughter Laurey (Jones). But the uncouth and jealous Jud (Steiger) will stop at nothing to break them apart and win Laurey for himself.

LaserDisc Picture:
The aspect ratio is the full 2.21:1 70mm frame without soundtrack and thus is more picture area than was ever projected theatrically. Because of damage to the original negative a low-contrast 70mm print served as the transfer element. Sharp and detailed, this is a picture to admire and a version that most film buffs have never seen. It has a classic, vibrant Eastman color look with natural fleshtones, deep, solid blacks, and excellent contrast. There is no apparent noise or grain for a solid artifact-free presentation.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The “official” Todd-AO soundtrack used six magnetic tracks on the film, with five channels behind the screen for main dialogue and the sixth used for surround speakers, encoded in three-channel Perspecta®. This non-Dolby® compatible matrix remix does not retain the directionalized dialogue and seems to be less than enveloping in the surrounds. The music score and singing is strong in terms of presence but lacks the definition and spatial richness of the better orchestral score mixes.
(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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