WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 52616
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 07/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jonathan Demme
(Screenplay/Written By): Ron Nyswaner
(Story): NA
(Music): Howard Shore
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Kristi Zea
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Colleen Atwood
(Editor): Craig McKay, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Ron Bochar
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Gary Goetzman, Kenneth Utt & Ron Bozman
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gary Goetzman, Kenneth Utt & Ron Bozman

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): SDDS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The winner of two Academy Awards® in 1993, Philadelphia is the poignant account of a fast-rising lawyer unjustly fired after he shows symptoms of AIDS. It features an outstanding performance by Hanks as the AIDS afflicted lawyer (a closet homosexual) and his unforgettable battle with the prejudice and corruption he faces surrounding his illness. Washington is the across-town, ambulance-chasing and homophobic—personal injury attorney who helps Hanks’ character fight against the prestigious law firm who dismissed him.

LaserDisc Picture:
The disc quality is sure to please with no serious artifacts or noise to distract from the vivid color balance and natural contrast, although some scenes do draw attention to grain. Fleshtones are natural looking as is the use of color overall. Images appear a little soft and subdued in texture, but solid, with deep blacks and good shadow detail and the color fidelity is excellent. This is a good looking movie. The picture has been matted at 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
At the conclusion of the movie on the last disc side, Bruce Springsteen performs his music video for the Oscar® original song he wrote, “Streets Of Philadelphia,” the theme that opened the picture on the first disc. The soundtrack also features a well recorded and wonderful orchestral score by Howard Shore that provides the overall subtle surround ambience to an otherwise essentially mono mix. Dialogue is always natural and intelligible.
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