WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

South Pacific

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston, Juanita Hall, France Nuyen, Russ Brown

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 4268-85
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$59.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 157
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1958
(LD Release Date): 1/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Joshua Logan
(Screenplay/Written By): Paul Osborn
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lyle R. Wheeler & John De Cuir
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Dorothy Jeakins
(Editor): Robert Simpson, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Buddy Adler

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
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
“South Pacific” is the classic adaptation of the play by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan that is based on the book, Tales Of The South Pacific by James A. Michener. Music, comedy and romance sweep the screen in this dashing musical set in the South Seas of World War II. It was filmed almost entirely on Kauai, Hawaii and boasts a score with such unforgettable songs as “Some Enchanted Evening,” Younger Than Springtime” and “Bail H’ai.”It won an Oscar® for Best Sound.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.21:1 picture is sharp and detailed with vivid colors, deep blacks and natural fleshtones. While some scenes are oversaturated and filtered there is no apparent grain or noise, or artifacts. The THX transfer quality is solid.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The original soundtrack was eight-channels, five discrete and three encoded in Perspecta® for surround. Directionalized dialogue has been reduced to mono and the soun
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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