WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bible, The

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris, John Huston, Stephen Boyd, George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, Peter O’Toole, Zoe Sallis, Gabriele Ferzetti & Eleonora Rossi Drago

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 102085
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 175
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1966
(LD Release Date): 4/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): John Huston
(Screenplay/Written By): Christopher Fry
(Story): NA
(Music): Toshiro Mayuzumi
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Mario Chiari
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(Editor): Ralph Kemplen
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Dino De Laurentiis

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Word Of God is brought to the screen with astounding scope and power in The Bible. This critically acclaimed international theatrical hit depicts the greatest stories of the first 22 chapters of the “Book Of Genesis.“ Highlights include the awesome wonder of creation, the first murder, the story of Noah (with director John Huston delivering a compelling performance in front of the camera as the builder of the ark) and the story of the Tower of Babel, presented as one of the great spectacles of all time.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.32:1, looks dated and with a brownish cast on the color fidelity and fleshtones, but with deep blacks. Images are wanting in sharpness and detail, but shadow detail is good. Noise and artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack sounds dated in fidelity with restricted stereo presence that is slightly veiled throughout, though nicely recorded. John Huston’s narrative voice sounds remarkable effective. Except for the music score and narration, the sound is essentially mono in character. The stirring Toshiro Mayuzumi music score provides the only subtle surround there is.
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