WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Belle Epoque (The Age Of Beauty)

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Penelope Cruz, Miriam Diaz-Aroca, Gabino Diego, Fernando Fernan Gómez, Michel Galabru, Ariadna Gil, Agustin González, Ghus Lampreave, Mary Carmen Ramirez, Jorge Sanz & Maribel Verdu

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 79376
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 12/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Fernando Trueba
(Screenplay/Written By): Rafael Azcona
(Story): Rafael Azcona, José Luis, García Sanchez & Fernando Trueba
(Music): Antoine Duhamel
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Cristina Huete
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(Editor): Carmen Frías
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Andrés Vicente Gómez

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.38:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Ultra Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Belle Epoque (The Age Of Beauty) is the lively and comic tale of a handsome young Spanish deserter, in the 1930’s, who is befriended by a free-thinking artist, and becomes seduced in turn by his beautiful daughters. Fernando, played by Jorge Sanz, upon finding himself in a rural village is invited by a spirited old artist Manolo, played by Fernando Fernan Gomez, to stay with him in his home. All is idyllic until Manolo’s uninhibited four daughters return home for a visit. Fernando is fascinated but before he can decide which one he should romance he learns that he is the object of desire. The affairs are hilariously engaging making this a rollicking sensual romp.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been framed at 2.38:1. The appearance is natural with accurate fleshtones, vivid color and excellent contrast. There is some apparent grain and noise, and artifacts throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Ultra Stereo® matrix soundtrack provided a subtle ambience envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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