WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

I Like It Like That

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Lauren Vélez, Jon Seda, Rita Moreno, Jesse Borrego.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 73656
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 5/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Darnell Martin
(Screenplay/Written By): Darnell Martin
(Story): NA
(Music): Sergio George
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Scott Chambliss
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(Editor): Peter C. Frank, ACE
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Wendy Finerman
(Co-Producers): Diana Phillips
(Producers): Ann Carli & Lane Janger

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
I Like It Like That is Darnell Martin’s debut movie which premiered as an official selection of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. The story is about a Hispanic black woman (Lauren Velez) living in the Bronx who decides to change her unhappy life, which includes her three wild children, an adulterous husband (Jon Seda) and her transsexual-wannabe brother (Jesse Borrego). When her husband is arrested and she finds herself unprepared to support her family, determined to succeed she talks her way into a job with a record company and finds that she has a talent she was unaware of. The boys of the neighborhood tell her husband that she has a boyfriend, her new boss, and trouble starts between the two, leading to a major confrontation that changes their life to-gether. This is a vibrant tale of intercity passion and real-life choices.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted1.82:1 transfer is sharp and detailed with vivid colors that really are eye-popping, natural fleshtones, deep blacks, ex-cellent shadow detail, and excellent contrast. A superb looking picture that suffers not from distracting artifacts or noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack features a lively music score with excellent fidelity and a sense of subtle surround, otherwise mono it is.
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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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