WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Ed Wood

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 2758 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 6/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Tim Burton
(Screenplay/Written By): Scott Alexander & larry Karaszewski
(Story): NA
(Music): Howard Shore
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Tom Duffield
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(Editor): Chris Lebenzon
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Lehmann
(Co-Producers): Michael Flynn
(Producers): Denise Di Novi & Tim Burton

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tim Burton’s Ed Wood is the true life-story of the 1950’s low budget movie director, writer, producer and actor who made his dreams of movie-making come true. Undisputedly the “worst filmmaker of all time,” Ed Wood, played by Johnnie Depp, is presented as an odd-ball angora-crazed cross-dresser transvestite who’s simple approach to filmmaking refuses to let bad reviews, unfinished scenes and hostile backers deter him from his goal. Wood, determined to succeed, assembles an oddball collection of misfit actors including Bella Lugosi, the forgotten veteran Hollywood horror star (brilliantly played by Landau, who won the 1994 Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor).

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is exemplary of black and white photography. Images are sharp and detailed and the grayscale spectrum is excellent. Perfectly matted at the theatrical 1.85:1 aspect ratio, there does not appear to be artifacts, nor distracting grain or noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack is wanting in spatial envelopment and is seriously deficient in bass response, having a predominant midrange presence. Dialogue is exemplary and well integrated with the other soundtrack elements.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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