WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Interview With The Vampire

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13176
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 6/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Neil Jordan
(Screenplay/Written By): Anne Rice
(Story): NA
(Music): Elliot Goldenthal
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dante Ferretti
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(Editor): Mick Audsley
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Redmond Morris
(Producers): David Geffen & Stephen Woolley

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.95:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on Anne Rice’s novel, this story about death without mortality is told to a young reporter (Slater). Pitt stars as Louis, a man who finds himself seduced by a diabolical creature so compelling that he succumbs to an evil which leads him to everlasting life as an immortal vampire. Louis’ recollections cover 200 years and weave an erotically charged history centered around one of contemporary literature’s most magnetic creations—the vampire Lestat (played by Cruise).

LaserDisc Picture:
The image quality of the matted 1.95:1 picture varies from scene-to-scene with sharpness, detail, and color accuracy. Some scenes appear solid while others reveal slight grain and noise, and minor artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
To quote: “I found the AC-3 sound quality on this LaserDisc to be excellent. It was clean and detailed, with nary a hint of glare, edginess, harshness, or other unpleasant artifacts. It had striking bass and dynamic range. The surrounds were used primarily for effective ambience; discrete surround information was infrequent. I was genuinely surprised by how small the differences were between discrete 5.1 and matrix formats, most of the time. While subtleties were a little better conveyed by the crisper-sounding AC-3 tracks, nothing was obviously lacking in ProLogic with dialogue a toss-up between the two. Soundstaging was perhaps, a bit more focused in AC-3, but only intermittently. And the bottom end was just a shade tighter in AC-3, BUT it was just as deep, powerful, and impressive in ProLogic. In short, certainly a very solid outing for AC-3, but not a definitive triumph over the very good ProLogic soundtrack.” (Processor: EAD’s TheaterMaster™). Our review agrees with Mr. Norton’s that the Dolby Surround® matrix version is comparably impressive for that format with this release.
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