WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Five Corners

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, Todd Graff, John Turturro, Elizabeth Berridge, Rose Gregorio, Gregory Rosakis, John Seitz, Kathleen Chalfant, Rodney Harvey, Daniel Jenkins & Cathryn De Prune

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1497L
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1987
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Credits Information
(Director): Tony Bill
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DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.80:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A poignant, turbulent, New York slice-of-life drama, Five Corners features Jodie Foster and Tim Robbins as Linda and Harry, who are brought together when, Heinz (John Turturro), a menacing ex-con returns to the neighborhood intent on changing both of their lives forever. With beguiling supporting performances by Todd Graff, Elizabeth Berridge and Rose Gregorio, Five Corners is an intriguing gem with hidden complexities that certainly proves a welcome addition to the Criterion Collection.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is extremely washed out and overly bright in some scenes. Darker scenes appear plugged up with poor shadow detail. Despite these characteristics, colors are generally natural with accurate fleshtones and deep, undefined blacks. Images are wanting in sharpness and detail with slight noise and artifacts apparent throughout. There are lots of inconsistencies on this 1.80:1 transfer.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished mono with “manufactured” ADR-dialogue
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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