WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Head Above Water

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Harvey Keitel, Cameron Diaz, Craig Sheffer, Billy Zane & Shay Duffin

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3956LI
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
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Credits Information
(Director): Jim Wilson
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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): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on a screenplay by Geir Eriksen & Eirik Ildahl, Head Above Water stars Cameron Diaz as Nathalie, a naive young woman married to George (Harvey Keitel), a Superior Court Judge nearly twice her age. Vacationing off the coast of Maine, Nathalie’s artistic childhood pal, Lance (Craig Sheffer) treats George to a night out fishing, leaving Nathalie alone to fend off the advances of her overbearing ex-boyfriend Kent (Billy Zane). By the next morning, Nathalie has a terrible secret and Lance and George have come home early, leaving a chain reaction of killer complications.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.85:1, is excellent with warm, natural colors, accurate fleshtones and deep solid blacks. Sharp and detailed and virtually noise free, this picture is very natural looking throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is well recorded and presented with a terrific music score that images wide and deep. Dialogue sounds natural with excellent spatial integration. Surround envelopment is both subtle and aggressive, making this soundtrack sure to please.
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