WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Alan Cumming, Ewan McGregor, Jeremy Northam.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 9677 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 4/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Douglas McGrath
(Screenplay/Written By): Douglas McGrath
(Story): NA
(Music): Rachel Portman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Howells
(Visual Effects): Effects Associates
(Costume Designer): Ruth Myers
(Editor): Lesley Walker
(Supervising Sound Editors): Colin Miller
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein & Donna Gigliotti
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Patrick Cassavetti & Steven Haft

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 Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Emma is the lighthearted period comedy based on Jane Austenís novel that inspired the hit movie Clueless. Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Emma Woodhouse, a beautiful and well-known young woman who is not very good at what she loves bestómatchmaking. After one successful match, Emma persuades her friend Harriet (Toni Collette) to turn down the proposal from a farmer she loves to pursue the vicar Mr. Elton (Alan Cumming) and the dashing Mr. Churchill (Ewan McGregor)óboth of which backfire. When Harriet confesses her love for the kind Mr. Knightly (Jeremy Northam), Emma realizes that she, too, is in love with him.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.82:1, exhibits rich and warm colors, natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks. Images exhibit a fuzzy softness and shadow delineation is undefined. Grain, noise and minor artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is quite dialogue directed, but is naturally produced throughout with excellent spatial integration. The music score is nicely recorded with an expansive and deep soundstage. Surround envelopment is extremely subtle if at all present.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(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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