WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Blood And Wine

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Judy Davis, Harold Perrineau, Jr. & Michael Caine

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 417185
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date): 6/9/97
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Credits Information
(Director): Bob Rafelson
(Screenplay/Written By): Nick Villiers & Alison Cross
(Story): Nick Villiers & Bob Rafelson
(Music): Michal Lorenc
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(Production Designer): Richard Sylbert
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(Editor): Steven Cohen, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Chris Auty & Bernie Williams
(Co-Producers): Hercules Bellville & Noah Golden
(Producers): Jeremy Thomas

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Blood And Wine is a stylish thriller of love, lust, larceny and greed with Jack Nicholson as Alex Gates, a failing wine merchant determined to turn things around. Relationships are hanging by a thread between Gates and both his wife (Judy Davis) and stepson (Stephen Dorff), so he enlists the help of his exotic mistress, Gabriella (Jennifer Lopez), and his low-life accomplice, Victor (Michael Caine), to pull off a $1 million jewelry heist. But Alex makes a mistake with his dysfunctional family that will cost him.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture exhibits vivid, fully saturated colors, natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks. Images are sharp and detailed with good contrast and shadow detail. There is slight noise and minor artifacts apparent. The aspect ratio is 1.82:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack uses ADR-produced dialogue extensively that often calls attention to its unnatural character. The music score sounds slightly subdued at times, but is nicely recorded with an expansive soundstage. Sound effects are generally presented in stereo with occasional aggressive surround.
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