WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dersu Uzala
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Yuri Solomin, Maxim Munzuk.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1408L-256
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$69.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 140
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1975
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Akira Kurosawa
(Screenplay/Written By): Akira Kurosawa & Yuri Nagibin
(Story): NA
(Music): Isaac Shwarts
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Yuri Raksha
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(Editor): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Mosfilm Studios, U.S.S.R. & Atelier-41, Japan

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Akira Kurosawa’s Dersu Uzala was produced as a Japanese/Soviet co-production and filmed against the beautiful backdrop of a frozen Siberia. The story is about a Russian captain and his crew who are sent to survey vast uncharted jungles and tundras along the Russian-Manchurian border in the early 1900’s. There, an odd frontiersman named Dersu Uzala meets, befriends and guides the explorers. The film is a character study of this Siberian hunter who lives in harmony with nature and is seemingly unaffected by an outside civilization.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has natural fleshtones and an overall natural appearance with good color fidelity. Some slight noise and artifacts, but nothing that detracts from the experience.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Both the English analog and Russian digital soundtracks were created from separate 35mm optical monaural soundtrack negatives.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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