WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergman, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 79246
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 190
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1982
(LD Release Date): 04/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Attenborough
(Screenplay/Written By): John Briley
(Story): NA
(Music): Ravi Shankar & George Fenton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stuart Craig
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John Bloom
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Stanley-Evans
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Richard Attenborough

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.25:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Richard Attenborough’s Ghandi is a remarkable achievement and winner of nine Academy Awards®. The life of an extraordinary man, Mohandas K. Gandhi, is explored in this epic film which spans 55 years of his life beginning with his career as a young defiant lawyer who uses nonviolent resistance to protest South Africa’s racial laws. Eventually, Gandhi becomes India’s martyred Mahatma who frees her from two centuries of British colonialism. Gandhi’s good spirit and dedication triumphs in a world of cruelty and injustice giving great hope to many. With breathtaking cinematography and an outstanding cast including Candice Bergen, Martin Sheen, John Gielgud and award winning Ben Kingsley as the Mahatma, Gandhi proves a timeless motion picture classic.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been recomposed to 2.25:1. The image is marred by slight grain throughout and an overall low contrast, washed-out appearance. Interior scenes are overly bright and fleshtones have an unnatural reddish tint. While the picture lacks the richness of color of the better films, some scenes look very good.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has centralized dialogue and a wonderful stereophonic music score.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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