WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

In The Name Of The Father

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Daniel-Day Lewis, Pete Postlethwait, Emma Thompson, John Lynch, Corin Redgrave.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42023
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(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): Jim Sheridan
(Screenplay/Written By): Terry George & Jim Sheridan
(Story): NA
(Music): Trevor Jones
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Caroline Amies
(Visual Effects): Peerless Camera Co., Ltd.
(Costume Designer): Joan Bergin
(Editor): Gerry Hambling, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Gabriel Byrne
(Co-Producers): Arthur Lappin
(Producers): Jim Sheridan

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:
In The Name Of The Father is a powerful film based on the autobiographical book “Proved Innocent” by Gerry Conlon. This riveting drama revolves around Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis), an irresponsible youth whose antics land him in the wrong place at the wrong time; and he is wrongfully blamed for a terrorist bombing involving the IRA in London. The following events bring down the entire Conlon family, including his frail and loving father (Pete Postlethwaite) who is also unjustly arrested and imprisoned.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Images are naturally rendered with excellent color fidelity and balance. Fleshtones are consistently accurate and natural in appearance. Interior scenes are naturally lit with excellent shadow detail and deep blacks The picture has no distracting grain or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack features a wonderfully recorded orchestral music score composed by Trevor Jones with original songs by Bono, Gavin Friday & Maurice Seezer. The sound is spacious with an overall aggressive surround envelopment. Excellent directional effects and bass extension heightened the tense drama and action scenes. Dialogue is well recorded and always natural.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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