WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Immortal Beloved

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini, Johanna Ter Steege, Marco Hofschneider, Miriam Margolyes, Barry Humphries, Valeria Golino

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 74766
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bernard Rose
(Screenplay/Written By): Bernard Rose
(Story): NA
(Music): Sir Georg Solti (Music Director)
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jirí Hlup´y
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Maurizio Millenotti
(Editor): Dan Rae
(Supervising Sound Editors): Nigel Holland
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Stephen McEveety
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Bruce Davey

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8) Digital
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Immortal Beloved is Bernard Rose’s fascinating attempt to solve the mystery of Ludwig van Beethoven’s greatest love. The film divulges Beethoven’s dark past and hidden passion as well as the genius of his thrilling and beautiful music.

LaserDisc Picture:
The perfectly framed 2.35:1 scope picture is exemplary in sharpness, color fidelity, contrast, shadow detail, and black level. The exquisite image detail reveals subtle textures, even the presence of scenic matte paintings and makeup, and the colors are gorgeously rich and vibrant. Perfectly natural visually, there does not appear to be artifacts, nor distracting grain or noise. Sony has produced an exemplary achievement with their HD process.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Immortal Beloved was released theatrically exclusively in SDDS Digital and the Dolby Surround® soundtrack is superb. It is fully aggressive in the surrounds in some scenes and dynamic throughout with thunderous bass extension, even in the surrounds. The music score is consistently expansive and enveloping which enhances ambience and spatiality.
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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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