WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Big Night

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Minnie Driver, Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini, Tony Shalhoub & Stanley Tucci

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 81016
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 4/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): S. Tucci & C. Scott
(Screenplay/Written By): Stanley Tucci & Joseph Tropiano
(Story): NA
(Music): Gary DeMichele
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Andrew Jackness
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Juliet A. Polcsa
(Editor): Suzy Elmiger
(Supervising Sound Editors): Eliza Paley
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Keith Samples & David Kirkpatrick
(Co-Producers): Stanley Tucci & Campbell Scott
(Producers): Jonathan Filley

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): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Big Night is the touching story of Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo Pilaggi (Stanley Tucci), Italian immigrants who settle in New Jersey to open a restaurant with hopes of striking it rich. On the brink of failure, the brothers decide to host a “big night” with famed Italian-American musician Luis Prima performing at their restaurant. Together, they pool all their talent, energy and money and learn a lot about themselves, each other and the different definitions of life, love and success. Isabella Rosselini and Minnie Driver costar in this critically acclaimed film.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits generally natural color fidelity and fleshtones with rich and warm colors and deep solid blacks. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent shadow detail. Slight noise and minor artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack features a first rate jazz score that is beautifully recorded with a wide soundstage, superb imaging and depth. Dialogue is naturally rendered with excellent spatial integration. Sound effects are presented in stereo with effective subtle surround envelopment. This is a very enjoyable soundtrack and is sure to please.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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