WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Crimes And Misdemeanors

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Caroline Aaron, Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Claire Bloom, Mia Farrow, Joanna Gleason, Anjelica Huston, Martin Landau, Jenny Nichols, Jerry Orbach & Sam Waterson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1475L
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1989
(LD Release Date): 2/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Woody Allen
(Screenplay/Written By): Woody Allen
(Story): NA
(Music): NA
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Santo Loquasto
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Jeffrey Kurland
(Editor): Susan E. Morse, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert Greenhut

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): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Outrageous comedy and disturbing drama intersect in Woody Allen’s Crimes And Misdemeanors. When ophthalmologist Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau in an Oscar®-nominated role) is threatened with ruin by his mistress (Anjelica Huston) when he will not leave his wife (Claire Bloom), he considers the ultimate solution to his problem—murder. Meanwhile, documentary filmmaker Clifford Stern (Woody Allen), is faced with another moral dilemma—selling out. As a director, Allen compares the choices both men make, weaving the parallel story lines to brilliantly combine a humorous portrait of Manhattan life with harrowing drama.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits slightly yellow overtones with otherwise generally natural color fidelity and deep oversaturated blacks. The few exterior scenes look more natural than the “plugged-up” interiors. Images are not always sharp and shadow detail is dark and undefined. Noise and artifacts are apparent, especially in the darker scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Woody Allen’s soundtrack, as usual, is undistinguished monaural, though generally well recorded.
(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
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