WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Death And The Maiden

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Turner Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID3011LI
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(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): Roman Polanski
(Screenplay/Written By): Rafael Yglesias & Ariel Dorfman
(Story): NA
(Music): Wojciech Kilar
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Pierre Guffroy
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(Editor): Herve DeLuze
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(Executive Producers): Sharon Harel & Jane Barclay
(Co-Producers): Bonnie Timmerman & Ariel Doorfman
(Producers): Thom Mount & Josh Kramer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Roman Polanskiís Death And The Maiden, based on the play by Ariel Dorfman, is a psychological and political thriller about a womanís search for justice at any price. Paulina Escobar (Sigourney Weaver) is disturbed when her husband Gerardo accepts the position heading an investigation into the crimes of an overthrown fascist regime, of which she herself was once a victim. When they receive a visitor, Dr. Roberto Miranda (Ben Kingsley) she recognizes his voice as the Doctor who raped and tortured her, and immediately takes matters in her own hands by putting him on trial at gunpoint. Swearing innocence, Dr. Miranda convinces Gerardo but Paulina is determined she has found the right man and is intent on revenge.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.66:1 and is notable for its superb interior visuals which convey a suspenseful dramatic look with excellent shadow detail and deep hued color. Some slight noise and grain and minor artifacts are visible in the picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a surround presence provided by the music score and occasional effect with excellent bass extension.
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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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