WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Advocate, The

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Colin Firth, Ian Holm, Donal Pleasance, Amina Annabi, Nicol Williamson.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 2560AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 4/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Leslie Megahey
(Screenplay/Written By): Leslie Megahey
(Story): NA
(Music): Alexandre Desplat
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bruce Macadie
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(Editor): Isabelle Dedieu
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(Executive Producers): Michael Wearing & Bob & Harvey Weinstein
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): David M. Thompson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.63:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Advocate is a court room tale of murder and corruption set in 15th century France, a time when an all-powerful church and a confusing legal system subjects animals to the same civil laws as human beings. When Parisian Lawyer Richard Courtois, played by Colin Firth, decides to move to the countryside he hopes to rediscover his faith in law by working for simple country folk but finds instead cases of rape, murder and witchcraft amid professional corruption and prejudice.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.63:1 matted picture is sharp and detailed with good contrast and shadow detail. Colors are vivid and fleshtones are accurate for a very natural look. Blacks are generally solid but slight grain and noise is visible in the dark scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a delicate surround ambience and a music score that is well recorded with excellent bass extension. The natural dialogue enhances the presentation.
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