WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
James Caan, Kathy Bates, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, Lauren Bacall.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2714SU
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 06/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Rob Reiner
(Screenplay/Written By): William Goldman
(Story): NA
(Music): Marc Shaiman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Garwood
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Robert Leighton
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Steve Nicolaides & Jeffrey Stott
(Producers): Andrew Scheinman & Rob Reiner

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): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Misery is based on the Stephen King novel about an acclaimed trash novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan), who finds himself in a most bizarre, nightmarish encounter with his number one fan (Kathy Bates). After retreating to the mountains to complete his latest book, Sheldon gets caught in a snow storm and he plunges his car off the road. Knocked unconscious and near death, he is miraculously rescued and nursed back to health privately at the home of a fan who is a trained nurse. When Sheldon comes to, he learns that not only is she a great fan of his but that she is also obsessed and crazy. She holds Sheldon hostage, tortures him and de-mands that he change the ending to his yet unpublished book.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture is sharp. Fleshtones are accurate. Color fidelity is good and well balanced. Indoor scenes are naturally lit with good shadow detail.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguishable with what is effectively a mono mix supplemented by a stereo music score.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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