WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, José Zuniga, Isaiah Washington, Ivelka Reyes, Spike Lee, N. Jeremi Duru, Francis Foster, Norman Matlock & Patriece Nelson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42074
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 10/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Spike Lee
(Screenplay/Written By): Joie Susannah Lee, Cinque Lee & Spike Lee
(Story): Joie Susannah Lee
(Music): Terrence Blanchard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Wynn Thomas
(Visual Effects): Bahlsmeyer & Everett, Inc. & SYZYGY Digital Cinema
(Costume Designer): Ruth E. Carter
(Editor): Barry Alexander Brown
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Monty Ross
(Producers): Spike Lee

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
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Crooklyn is a warm-hearted Spike Lee Joint—a clever and affectionate story about an African American family growing up in a crazed and magical Brooklyn, New York neighborhood. Alfre Woodard stars as Carolyn, a fiery, loving and devoted independent mother who, with her devoted husband Woody (Delroy Lindo) struggles to raise her family during hard, but often wonderful times. This is a passionate film and a real tribute to the human condition.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.85:1 except for an over-extended creative segment in which Spike Lee experiments with anamorphic squeezed imagery to emotionalize the drama. This is an exemplary transfer that is sharp and detailed with vivid colors, excellent color fidelity, extremely natural fleshtones, excellent shadow detail, deep blacks, and no artifacts, grain or noise for a solid presentation.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack features a fantastic vintage R&B soundtrack with defined stereo separation and surround envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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