WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Kramer vs. Kramer

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 79206
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1979
(LD Release Date): 06/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Benton
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Benton
(Story): NA
(Music): NA
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Paul Sylbert
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Jerry Greenberg
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Stanley R. Jaffe

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): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This five Academy Award-winning film stars Hoffman as overworked adman Ted Kramer whose wife Joanna (Streep) decides its time to “find herself”and leaves him and her six-year-old son. Hoffman soon learns to be a single parent, getting to know his son better and learn more about life. But Joanna comes back and files a custody suit, threatening the father-son bond. An emotionally warm and touching film.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.85:1. The picture is extremely natural looking with an overall subdued texture. Interior scenes are well lit and natural in appearance with good shadow detail. Fleshtones are natural and color fidelity is generally accurate, al-though subdued. Both detail and black level are good. While there are some apparent artifacts, only the slightest grain is visible.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Back in 1979 most films were produced with a monaural soundtrack, even though the technology was there and premiere theatres were equipped to play stereo. Kramer vs. Kramer was one of those pictures that never benefited from a stereo presentation.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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