WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Associate, The

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Weist, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 9183 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 4/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Donald Petrie
(Screenplay/Written By): Nick Thiel
(Story): NA
(Music): Chrostopher Tyng
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Andrew Jackness
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Bonnie Koehler, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Robert W. Cort & David Madden
(Co-Producers): Rene Gainville & Michael A. Helfant
(Producers): Friederic Golchan, Patrick Markey & Adam Liepsig

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 Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Associate stars Whoopi Goldberg as Laurel Ayres, a strong-willed executive, working her way up the corporate ladder when a backstabbing co-worker (Tim Daly) steals her promotion. Ayres builds her own investment company, creating her own ficticious white male business partner named Mr. Robert S. Cutty. Turns out, Mr. Cutty becomes Wall Street’s hottest financial whiz—leaving Laurel, herself, no choice but to impersonate him to save her company.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits fully saturated colors with natural fleshtones, excellent color fidelity and deep solid blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, with excellent shadow detail and only the slightest noise and artifacts are apparent in some scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtracks are very similar, though the Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete version has a slightly wider soundstage. The music score is well recorded. Ambiant sound effects are in stereo, but surround envelopment is not particularly aggressive. Both the matrix and discrete soundtracks are sure to please.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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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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