WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Prince of Tides, The

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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The package includes Vision And Versions: The Making Of The Prince Of Tides, an exclusive interactive documentary following the production of the film, with extra material including screenplay excerpts, audition and rehersal video, behind-the-scenes video, alternate versions fo key scenes, de-leted scenes, costume and makeup tests, interviews, production photos, storyboards theatrical trailer and teaser trailer and more. A highlight is the theme song that never was, “Places That Belong To You,” sung by Streisand over alternate credits. Perhaps the most informative part is a presentation of three finales, out of which the final version was created. With 70 chapter stops this is a project to peruse for hours.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 50946
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 08/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Barbra Streisand
(Screenplay/Written By): Pat Conroy & Becky Johnson
(Story): NA
(Music): James Newton Howard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Paul Sylbert
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(Editor): Don Zimmerman, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Cis Corman & James Roe
(Co-Producers): Sheldon Schrager
(Producers): Barbra Streisand & Andrew Karsch

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
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Pat Conroy’s best-selling novel is brought to the screen by Streisand, whose heavy hand is evident throughout. Nolte tries mightily (with a fake Southern accent no less) to play a disillusioned football coach who has to come to grips with the residue of his dysfunctional family. Barbra, Barbra, Barbra.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture transfer quality is of generally high quality with good color balance. The look ranges from sharp to soft. The LaserDisc’s aspect ratio composition is about 1.78:1 instead of the projected1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The orchestral score by James Newton Howard and the violin performances by Pinchas Zukerman are the highlights of this presentation recorded by Shawn Murphy. This disc has some problems in the production mix that have marred its performance. While the technical elements of the Foley sound effects and ADR are accomplished, their presentation in the production mix are too forward and overly bright in sound character. The ADR and Foley overpowers the otherwise excellent production sound. The harsh sharpness of the soundtrack is only marginally less on the analog tracks.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
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