WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Diary Of Anne Frank , The

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Richard Beymer, Lou Jacobi, Diane Baker, Ed Wynn.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1074-85
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 184
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1959
(LD Release Date): 3/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): George Stevens
(Screenplay/Written By): Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
(Story): NA
(Music): Alfred Newman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lyle R. Wheeler & George W. Davis
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(Editor): David Bretherton, Robert Swink, ACE & William Mace
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): George Stevens

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.28:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Diary Of Anne Frank is George Stevens’ film adaptation of the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett based on the book Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl and produced on the stage by Kermit Bloomgarsen and directed by Garson Kanin. Anne Frank is the iconic child whose diary remains the definitive Holocaust victim’s testament. The story depicts a teenage girl and seven other fugitives who hide from the Nazis for two years in the attic of an old spice factory in Amsterdam.

LaserDisc Picture:
The scope image has been recomposed at 2.28:1 from a print element. Black and white shadow detail is mediocre but the dark brooding images are dramatically effective. Artifacts, grain and noise are evident throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtracks includes Alfred Newman original overture, entr’acte and exit music, however the sound is dated.
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