WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Boys On The Side

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13570
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Herbert Ross
(Screenplay/Written By): Don Roos
(Story): NA
(Music): David Newman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ken Adam
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Gloria Gresham
(Editor): Michael R. Miller, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): John Nutt
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Don Roos & Patricia Karlan
(Co-Producers): Patrick McCormick
(Producers): Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther & Herbert Ross

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.46:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Boys On The Side is a delightful comedy-drama about three unlikely travelling companions who develop a strong friendship. Whoopi Goldberg plays Jane, a singer from the New York nightclub scene who answers an ad placed by Robin (Parker) to share a cross-country ride. On the way, they pick up Jane’s pregnant friend Holly (Barrymore) but witness her junkie boyfriend slapping her around. She defends herself by hitting him with a baseball bat, they tie him up and drive off to Tucson having one touching moment after another.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® scope frame has been recomposed at 2.46:1. The picture has a natural look that is sharp and detailed. Shadow detail is excellent as is contrast. Blacks are deep and artifacts and noise is virtually absent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has an occasional subtle surround effect but otherwise mono.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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