WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Silver Chalice, The

Reviewed In Issue 35 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Virginia Mayo, Pier Angeli, Jack Palance & Paul Newman

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11560
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned):
(Theatrical Release): 1954
(LD Release Date): 09/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Victor Saville
(Screenplay/Written By): Lesser Samuels
(Story): NA
(Music): Franz Waxman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Rolf Gerard
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): George White, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Victor Saville

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): CinemaScope
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.55:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the novel by Thomas B. Costain, The Silver Chalice marked the screen debut of Paul Newman. Natalie Wood also makes an appearance in this Biblical saga set in Rome during the early days of Christianity. Newman plays Basil, a gifted sculptor who is sold into slavery, and as he struggles for his independence, he must also cope with his torn feelings for his adoring wife (Angeli) and a conniving temptress (Mayo).

LaserDisc Picture:
Originally produced in 2.55:1 CinemaScope, the windowboxed picture measures 2.35:1. The picture exhibits a dated quality, but with generally good color fidelity throughout. Images are generally sharp, but fine detail is wanting. On top of fine film grain, noise and artifacts are apparent throughout. The picture is a constant state of pixel "movement," sometimes subtle and othertimes glaring.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is 1954 magnetic stereo with a wide soundstage occupied by the orchestra. The music is lush and well recorded for the time and nicely images across the expansive soundstage. The dialogue, originally directionalized, has been dramatically pulled toward center. Overall, this is a satisfying experience, though surround envelopment is limited to the reverb tails of the music.
(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:
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