WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

French Kiss

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno, François Cluzet & Susan Anbeh

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 8823-85
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 10/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Lawrence Kasdan
(Screenplay/Written By): Adam Brooks
(Story): NA
(Music): James Newton Howard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jon Hutman
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(Editor): Joe Hutshing
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(Executive Producers): Charles Okun
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Meg Ryan, Kathryn F. Galan

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
French Kiss is a charming romantic comedy about unexpected love. Meg Ryan plays Kate, an insecure woman with a fear of flying, who dodges her fears to win back her philandering fiancé (Timothy Hutton). Set in Paris, the film takes advantage of its locale and brings to the screen both European charm and stunning visuals that capture the soft beauty of France. Ryan radiates her common lovable personality as Kate pursuing the man she is about to loose. He has gone to Paris and fallen in love with another woman. On the flight she meets a suave, but shady, Parisian (Kevin Kline), hoping to evade customs with stollen diamonds. Caught in a web of circumstance she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

LaserDisc Picture:
The scope picture is framed at 2.40:1. Images are softly filtered overall but contrast is excellent and colors are vibrant. Fleshtones are natural and blacks are deep and solid, and there are no artifacts or distracting noise to mar the picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a great music score, natural dialogue, and effective sound effects that are nicely supportive with subtle surround envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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