WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 30 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries, Laurence Naismith

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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Includes featurettes.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 16821
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 180
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1967
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Joshua Logan
(Screenplay/Written By): Alan Jay Lerner
(Story): NA
(Music): Frederick Lowe
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Truscott
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Folmar Blansted, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jack L. Warner

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.50:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The legend of King Arthur comes alive in Camelot, the triple Academy Award®-winning musical from Lerner and Lowe.

LaserDisc Picture:

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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DVD To LaserDisc Comparison:
The dual layered DVD, when viewed in the component anamorphic format and compared to the new Special Edition LaserDisc, exhibits sharper and more detailed images with increased resolution. In the opening scenes in the fog, the entire picture looks hazy on LaserDisc, even close-up shots. Images are crisp on the DVD, when they appear soft on LaserDisc. Colors are also more fully saturated, with natural fleshtones, rich and vibrant colors, deep blacks and white whites. Contrast and shadow detail are nicely rendered on both versions, but the DVD excels in its rendering. The LaserDisc looks slightly dated in comparison. Only minor digitized noise is apparent, but there are no distracting artifacts. The DVD is sure to please and is preferred. The letterbox aspect ratio is framed at 2.42:1, while the anamorphic version is 2.27:1. The LaserDisc aspect ratio measures an overmatted at 2.50:1. The soundtrack is credited as remastered in Dolby® Digital 5.1, but actually it is a 5.0 mix, without .1 LFE. While no mention is made to the source soundtrack element, the 70mm element was six-track magnetic with monaural surround. The discrete soundtrack on the DVD and Special Edition LaserDisc has apparently been electronically enhanced with de-correlated surrounds and non-directional dialogue. The matrix PCM soundtrack actually sounds more spatially enveloping than the Dolby Digital version with almost constant surround envelopment, often aggressively presented.