WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bullets Over Broadway

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jim Broadbent, John Cusack, Harvey Fierstein, Chazz Palminteri, Mary-Louise Parker, Rob Reiner, Jennifer Tilly, Tracey Ullman, Joe Viterelli, Jack Warden, Dianne Wiest

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 4368 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 3/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Woody Allen
(Screenplay/Written By): Woody Allen &Douglas McGrath
(Story): NA
(Music): Dick Hyman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Santo Loquasto
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Jeffrey Kurland
(Editor): Susan E. Morse, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Bob Hein
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jean Doumanian & J.E. Beaucaire
(Co-Producers): Helen Robin
(Producers): Robert Greenhut

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): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR (Mono)
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Diane Wiest won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Bullets Over Broadway. This Woody Allen comedy “thriller” was also nominated for six other Oscars® including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. John Cusack stars as a young writer who needs mob backing to get his first play to Broadway. Along with the mob money comes the demand to put the mobster’s girlfriend in a major role.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. The picture is generally sharp, however fleshtones are inconsistent and interior scenes generally appear filtered. Grain and noise in dark scenes and some artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Once again Allen tries to pass off mono as advertised “Dolby Stereo SR.” How does he get away with that distortion?
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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