WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Jeffrey Wright.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 9676 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(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): Julien Schnabel
(Screenplay/Written By): Julian Schnabel
(Story): Michael Thomas Holman
(Music): John Cale & Julian Schnabel
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dan Leigh
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Michael Berenbaum
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Peter Brant, Joseph Allen & Michiyo Yoshizaki
(Co-Producers): Lech J. Majewski
(Producers): Jon Kilik, Sigurjon Sighvatsson & Randy Ostrow

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 Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Basquiat, based on a story by Lech J. Majewski and John Bowe, is the critically acclaimed film starring Jeffrey Wright as the self-destructive young American artist and graffiti writer Jean Michel Basquiat. Basquiat’s hunger for fame and money in the early 80s brings his work to the likes of Andy Warhol (David Bowie) and Albert Milo (Gary Oldman). Cameo appearances by Christopher Walken, Tatum O’Neal, Willem Dafoe and Courtney Love add to a brilliant cast of characters in one of the most vivid portrayals of recent American culture.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.85:1, exhibits sometimes oversaturated colors and fleshtones with rich and vibrant colors and deep solid blacks. Shadow detail is excellent and images are generally sharp and detailed. Slight noise and minor artifacts are apparent but not distrcting.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is nicely presented despite subtle surround envelopment and sometimes out-of-sync Foley effects. The music score is well recorded and dialogue sounds natural with good spatial integration.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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