WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Higher Learning

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jennifer Connelly, Ice Cube, Omar Epps, Regina King, Michael Rapaport, Kristy Swanson Tyra Banks, Jason Willes & Laurence Fishburne

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 73396
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 8/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Singleton
(Screenplay/Written By): John Singleton
(Story): NA
(Music): Stanley Clarke
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Keith Brian Burns
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(Editor): Bruce Canon
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Dwight Alonzo Williams
(Producers): John Singelton & Paul Hall

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
John Singletonís Higher Learning presents a college campus, with students from different countries, different races, different cultures, and different sexual orientations, as a microcosm of society as a whole. The three main characters are Malik, an athlete who is not expected to study, Kristen, a middle-class girl who is not as grown up as she thinks she is, and Remy, an isolated young man who can only find a sense of belonging with a group of skinheads. Serious prejudice, intolerance, racism, sexism, date-rape and murder are the backdrops for this tense and fascinating study of humanity. This is a strong-willed, thought-provoking, and emotionally charged film you wonít soon forget by one of the most talented filmmakers around.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Sony High Definition transfer is superb. The matted 1.82:1 picture is sharp and de-tailed with excellent contrast and absence of noise, grain and artifacts. The imagery is well photographed and natural in appearance with wonderfully vivid colors.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
A driving Stanley Clarke score is the highlight of the soundtrack. The music is dynamic with powerful deep bass and surrounds are nicely supportive with a subtle ambience.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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