WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Juliet Prowse.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1016-85
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 131
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1960
(LD Release Date): 9/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Walter Lang
(Screenplay/Written By): Dorothy Kingsley & Charles Lederer
(Story): NA
(Music): Nelson Riddle
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lyle R. Wheeler & Jack Martin Smith
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(Editor): Robert Simpson, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Suffolk-Cummings Productions

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Todd-AO
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.20:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Stereo
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A musical comedy about a lawyer who protects a cafe owner after she’s accused of presenting the illegal Can-Can dance. Song and dance keep the film going as the storyline leaves something to be desired. Famous for driving Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev “nuts.”

LaserDisc Picture:
Billed as “The Greatest Show In Todd-AO”, the 70mm frame is presented at 2.32:1 from an apparent print source element. The overall image rendering is soft and natural looking. but texture definition is wanting. Color fidelity is excellent with natural fleshtones and a rich Technicolor® look. The picture is stunning, exhibiting virtually no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The original soundtrack was six-track magnetic stereo with full road show overture, intermission, and exist music. That’s missing but the music score is well presented stereophonically with excellent spatial and depth qualities. Otherwise the sound is mono.
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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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