WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Heavenly Creatures

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Kate Winslet

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 4371 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(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): Peter Jackson
(Screenplay/Written By): Frances Walsh & Peter Jackson
(Story): NA
(Music): Peter Dasent
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Grant Major
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Jamie Selkirk
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Hanno Huth
(Co-Producers): Peter Jackson
(Producers): Jim Booth

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): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Heavenly Creatures is a provocative and thrilling tale based on the true story of a crime that shocked a nation. The story is based on the diaries of Pauline Yvonne Parker kept during 1953 and 1954 in which she recorded her friendship with Juliet Marion Hulme. The diary entries in the movie are in Pauline’s own words. When two very bright teenage girls become inseparable friends and drift off into their own fantasy world, their parents become disturbed and try to separate them. The girls devise a secret plan to stay together—with devastating results. Original visual effects and great performances add to the powerful story to create an unforgettable and thrilling experience.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is framed at 2.35:1. Overall detail is good except for in the shadows, and there is a slight noise evident in the darker scenes. Otherwise the picture is natural with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack features a lovely, well recorded music score that provides subtle surround ambience along with natural dialogue recorded with room tone.
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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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