WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Brassed Off!

Reviewed In Issue 28 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor & Stephen Tompkinson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 10486AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
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(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mark Herman
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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
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Brassed Off! is a charming drama with comic relief that follows the fortunes of a Yorkshire English mining town and its inspirational brass band. Heads turn and hearts pound when Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald), the childhood sweetheart of bandmember Andy (Ewan McGregor) returns home, only to find the town turned upside-down by the threat of the mine closing down. While the two forge a new relationship, the band takes on its greatest challenge: competing in the championships at the Royal Albert Hall. Beautiful music provided by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.82:1, has a slight dark character, but color fidelity is good with natural fleshtones, rich and vibrant colors and deep, solid blacks. Only sometimes does the picture look oversaturated. Images are generally sharp and detailed, but are sometimes wanting. Artifacts are detected throughout, but noise is mostly limited to interiors.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround soundtrack features a terrific brass band music score with a wide and deep soundstage. Dialogue sounds natural and is nicely spatially integrated. Some effects are produced in stereo and surround is generally subtle, except for the coal mine scenes which exhibit deep bass. The soundtrack works well and is engaging.
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