WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Don Giovanni
Genre:Musical Performance

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ruggero Raimondi, John Macurdy, Edda Moser, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kenneth Riegel, Josť Van Dam, Teresa Berganza, Malcoln King, Eric Adjani & Janine Reis

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 1.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PC Films
(Catalog Number): PC-94-029
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$59.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 177
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1978
(LD Release Date): 9/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Joseph Losey
(Screenplay/Written By): Patricia & Joseph Losey & Frantz Salieri
(Story): Rolf Libermann
(Music): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Alexandre Trauner
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Reginald Beck
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michel Seydoux & Robert Nador
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Pierre Saint-Blancat

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The story of Don Giovanni centers around a young nobleman who is obsessed with amorous conquest, It follows his romantic ex-ploits and continued encounters with Donna Anna, the woman who plots to destroy him.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.66:1, a European standard aspect ratio. The ap-pearance is washed out and wanting in de-tail and sharpness. Color fidelity is extremely poor as is contrast. Noticeable grain and noise is apparent throughout as well as distracting artifacts which suggest that the transfer element was a bad print.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The performance features the orchestra and chorus of The Paris Opera.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield):
(Aggressive Split Surround):
(Center Back Surround Imaging):
(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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