WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Jefferson In Paris

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Simon Callow, Seth Gilliam, James Earl Jones, Michael Lonsdale, Nancy Marchand, Daniel Mesguich, Thandie Newton, Charlotte De Turckheim, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lambert Wilson, & Elsa Zylberstein

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 4708 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 139
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 11/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): James Ivory
(Screenplay/Written By): Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Robbins
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Guy-Claude François
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(Editor): Andrew Marcus & Isabel Lorente
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(Executive Producers): Donald Rosenfeld & Paul Bradley
(Co-Producers): Humbert Balsan
(Producers): Ismail Merchant

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A scandalous triangle of desire and passion results between American statesman, Thomas Jefferson (Nolte), his 15-year old slave and aAmerican statesman Thomas Jefferson (Nolte) and his daughter (Gwyneth Paltrow) are posted to Paris, the heart of a socially permissive, liberal France. There he falls in love with a mysterious and worldly woman (Scacchi), but is irresistibly drawn to another, his 15-year-old slave and secret lover. The affair results in a scandalous triangle of desire and passion.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Images are soft overall with natural fleshtones, deep, solid blacks and vivid colors. Costuming is beautifully colorful and the picture displays excellent contrast. The picture is without distracting grain, noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is meager stereophonic with subtle surround envelopment limited to the music score and an occasional effect.
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