WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Desperately Seeking Susan

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Madonna.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3334OR
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1985
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Susan Seidelman (Director)
(Screenplay/Written By): Leora Barish
(Story): NA
(Music): Thomas Newman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Santo Loquasto
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Andrew Mondshein
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Peyser
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Sarah Pillsbury & Midge Sanford

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:
Desperately Seeking Susan stars pop diva Madonna in her 1985 screen debut as the elusive and oddly engaging Susan, a renegade on the run from a host of enemies and admirers. Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) is a neglected housewife who takes interest in Susanís personal ads communicating with her boyfriend. But when her intrigue becomes obsession, a freak accident leads Roberta to believe she is Susan and soon she is on the run from a dark stranger, her husband and Susan. Special features include the original ending sequence with deleted scenes and audio commentary by the director Susan Seidelman and producers Midge Sanford, Sarah Pilsbury, and Barbara Boyle, presented in stereo on the analog tracks.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits red and yellow overtones in several scenes, resulting in unnatural looking color fidelity and fleshtones. Images are wanting in sharpness and detail, but shadow detail is generally good. Noise and artifacts are apparent, especially in the darker scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is produced in undistinguished monaural.
(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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