WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

For Love Or Money

Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael J. Fox, Gabrielle Anwar, Anthony Higgins, Bob Balaban, Michael Tucker, Dan Hedaya.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41828
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 03/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Barry Sonnenfeld
(Screenplay/Written By): Mark Rosenthal & Lawrence Konner
(Story): NA
(Music): Bruce Broughton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Peter Larkin
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(Editor): Jim Miller
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(Executive Producers): David T. Friendly
(Co-Producers): Graham Place
(Producers): Brian Grazer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
For Love Or Money is a star vehicle for Michael J. Fox in an entertaining romantic comedy which co-stars Gabrielle Anwar. It tells the story of a concierge (Fox) at one of New York’s poshest hotels. A master at his duties, Doug dreams of building his own luxury hotel with the money he has scrimped and saved, but time is running out on his real estate options. Things get complicated when a wealthy financier (Higgins) promises to invest if Doug will “baby sit” his beautiful young mistress, who it turns out, Doug has fallen for. Doug must decide whether the love of his life is worth more to him than money.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 transfer suffers from poor shadow detail and colors that are a bit over-saturated. Images are sharp, but lack the fine resolution of the best discs. Blacks are solid and the picture has no glaring artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The stereo soundtrack has a well recorded score composed by Bruce Broughton that provides the only surround ambiance. Otherwise most scenes are mono with those in stereo well defined.
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