WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Apostle, The

Reviewed In Issue 29 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Todd Allen, John Beasley, June Carter Cash, Walton Goggins, Billy Joe Shaver, Billy Bob Thornton & Miranda Richardson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 43774
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 134
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Duvall
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Duvall
(Story): NA
(Music): David Mansfield
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Linda Burton
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Steve Mack
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Robert Duvall
(Co-Producers): Steven Brown
(Producers): Rob Carliner

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.90:1

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:
The Apostle is a labor of love for Robert Duvall who triumphs in the title role in the film he also wrote, produced and directed. In the orbit of evangelical ministers, Sonny Dewey (Duvall) may be a star. But while he appears in command of the countless souls he preaches to, he is not always in command of his own. Threatened with the simultaneous loss of both his family and church, Sonny is driven to commit a crime of passion, seriously injuring the young preacher whom his wife (Farrah Fawcett) has fallen in love with. After fleeing everything he has worked to achieve, he changes his name to E. F., dubs himself “The Apostle” and sets about rehabilitating a small abandoned church—in this way, he is able to rehabilitate himself.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(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
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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