WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Land Girls, The

Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz, Anna Friel, Steven Mackintosh

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PolyGram Video
(Catalog Number): ID5425PG
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date): 1/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): David Leland
(Screenplay/Written By): Keith Dewhurst & David Leland
(Music): Brian Lock
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Caroline Amies
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Nick Moore
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ruth Jackson
(Co-Producers): Andrew Warren
(Producers): Simon Relph

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the novel by Angela Huth, The Land Girls is an enchanting story of three young women who volunteer for the “Land Girls” in wartime England—a program designed to train young women to work the soil and care for livestock in order to keep up the food supply. The girls arrive at a remote farm from very different backgrounds, but what they all have in common is a crush on the farm owners’ handsome son (Steven Mackintosh)—who, in return has eyes for them all.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.40:1 LaserDisc exhibits naturally rendered colors throughout, though blacks lack true depth. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered fine detail and texture. Candlelit interior scenes appear slightly plugged-up and dark. Due to the lovely exteriors, and scenes with natural light, the overall experience is easy on the eyes, though noise is apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround soundtrack presentation is really nicely produced with an effective subtle surround enveloping ambient presence punctuated with dramatic aggressive surround. Dialogue sounds natural with good spatial integration throughout. The music score is terrific and well recorded with an expansive soundstage.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(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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