WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

City Of Angels

Reviewed In Issue 30 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Dennis Franz, Andre Braugher

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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Includes audio commentary by director Brad Silberling, Making Angels—a featurette, deleted scenes with commentary and music videos by the Goo Goo Dolls and U2.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 16320
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Brad Silberling
(Screenplay/Written By): Dana Stevens
(Music): Gabriel Yared
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lilly Kilvert
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Lynzee Klingman, ACE
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Arnon Milchan, Robert Cavallo & Charles Newirth
(Producers): Dawn Steel & Charles Roven

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
City Of Angels is a hopelessly romantic drama about an angel (Nicolas Cage), who falls in love with a sensitive heart surgeon (Meg Ryan), and must risk his immortality on the chance that the woman might love him in return.

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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): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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DVD To LaserDisc Comparison:
Both LaserDisc and DVD are wonderfully rendered in their image quality. Colors are extremely natural with accurate fleshtones, rich and warm colors and deep, true blacks. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent clarity and texture, especially on the anamorphically enhanced DVD, with increased resolution. The picture is perfectly solid, with no noise or artifacts. Both versions are exceptional throughout, but the DVD is preferred. The LaserDisc and DVD letterbox aspect ratios are framed at 2.35:1, while the DVD anamorphic version is 2.23:1. The Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete soundtrack on the DVD and LaserDisc and the matrix PCM soundtrack are nicely presented, but the matrix version overall delivers a more spatially engaging experience. When surrounds are present on the discrete, they are effectively split and directional. In those scenes which sound mono on the Dolby Digital version, the matrix is dramatically spacious by comparison and able to resolve very low level ambience. Dialogue sounds natural overall with good spatial integration. Bass sounds slightly deeper on the discrete version, especially with enhanced .1 LFE. This is one of those comparisons where both discrete and matrix are different and both are preferred for particular qualities.