WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Box Of Moonlight

Reviewed In Issue 30 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Catherine Keener, Lisa Blount, Annie Corley, Dermot Mulroney

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Trimark Home Video
(Catalog Number): LDVM6576-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Tom DiCillo
(Screenplay/Written By): Tom DiCillo
(Story): NA
(Music): Jim Farmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Therese DePrez
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Camilla Toniolo
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Mendelsohn, Tom Rosenberg, Sigirjon Sighvatsson & Steven Sherman
(Co-Producers): Meredith Zamsky & Taylor MacCrae
(Producers): Marcus Viscidi & Thomas A. Bliss

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Box Of Moonlight features John Turturro as electrical engineer, Al Fountain, an orderly man living an all too ordinary life. While working out of town, he starts to realize just how empty his life really is, and in an attempt to recapture the joys of his youth, Al sets out to find Splatchee Lake—but runs into The Kid (Sam Rockwell), who shows him a way of life completely opposite of his own. This off-beat comedy features an endearing cast and a delightfully quirky soundtrack.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(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:
Superb Cinematography:
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DVD To LaserDisc Comparison:
The picture opens with a wonderfully natural spanning shot of a beautiful river, lush grasses and tree-covered hills. Exterior color fidelity is natural with accurate fleshtones, rich and warm colors and deep, solid blacks, although sometimes wanting in clarity. Interiors sometime seem plugged up with brownish fleshtones, and bleeding colors. Noise is apparent throughout, but artifacts are minimal. Images are generally sharp, but sometimes wanting in detail and texture. Overall, both the non-anamorphic DVD and LaserDisc are not dramatically different except for the slightest edge the DVD has in resolution. The LaserDisc and DVD are both matted at 1.82:1. The LaserDisc Dolby® Surround soundtrack is nicely executed though conventional. The DVD soundtrack registers as undecoded stereo only. Dialogue is a bit problematic at times and sounds manufactured. The music score is of mixed recording quality but nicely fits the tone, and at times sounds terrific. Sound effects are nicely atmospheric with subtle surround presence. Dialogue is generally natural sounding even in the outdoor scenes. Overall, an enjoyable soundtrack that complements the film.