WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Raintree County

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor,Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Abel, Jarma Lewis, Tom Drake, Rhys Williams, Russell Collins & DeForest Kelley

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML104860
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 168
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1957
(LD Release Date): 04/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Edward Dmytryk
(Screenplay/Written By): Millard Kaufman
(Story): NA
(Music): Johnny Green
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): William A. Horning & Urie McCleary
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(Editor): John Dunning, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): David Lewis

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.55:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Raintree County is the screen adaptation by director Millard Kaufman of Ross Lockridge, Jr.ís prize-winning novel. Itís a glossy civil war romance in the epic tradition of Hollywood, and stars Best Actress Academy Awardģ nominee Elizabeth Taylor as Susanna Drake, a troubled Southern belle, who is tormented by the memory of her mother destroying their family plantation, in full vengeance for her fatherís affair with a servant girl, and by an obsessive belief that she herself may be the illegitimate daughter of her fatherís infidelity. Equally troubled is Johnny Shawnessy (Montgomery Clift) who leaves his childhood love to marry Susanna. Raintree Country continues to escalate with loads of hearty tragedy and romance as Johnny and Susanna get swept up in their passion for each other amidst the tensions and chaos of their lives and the events surrounding the Civil War.

LaserDisc Picture:
This 2.35:1 version has been recomposed, but characters are always in full view. The picture is sharply focused with vivid colors that are a bit oversaturated in some scenes, but fleshtones appear completely natural. Source material artifacts are present but they are not seriously distracting.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a wonderful score and directonalized effects and dialogue.
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