WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Double Jeopardy

Reviewed In Issue 38 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd, Bruce Greenwood, Annabeth Gish & Roma Maffia

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV333153-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1999
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bruce Beresford
(Screenplay/Written By): David Weisberg & Douglas S. Cook
(Story): NA
(Music): Normand Corbeil
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Howard Cummings
(Visual Effects): Cinesite
(Costume Designer): Rudy Dillon & Linda Bass
(Editor): Mark Warner
(Supervising Sound Editors): Sandy Berman, MPSE & Michael Szakmeister, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Richard Luke Rothschild
(Producers): Leonard Goldberg

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Imagine Libby Parson’s (Judd) shock when she discovers her husband—the man she was convicted of murdering—is still alive.... That he staged his own death and planned the scheme to look as if she were the only one capable of committing the crime! Well, she’s not so shocked that she can’t see that revenge can be hers, because as everyone knows, you can’t be tried for the same crime twice... that would be Double Jeopardy! Legally, the premise is all wet, but don’t let that spoil your fun.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.32:1 LaserDisc exhibits generally pleasing quality when viewed alone, but is slightly soft and plugged-up. Fleshtones appear slightly orange and hues seeming a bit oversaturated. Contrast is nicely rendered, and there is an accurate gradation of visual information between darkness and picture black. Edges are occasionally enhanced, and noise and artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround PCM soundtrack delivers an impressive listening experience. The utilization of space is good, producing a nice holosonic listening experience, with the soundfield typically favoring the front channels. The dialogue production features decent spatial integration. The music score is nicely recorded, with a rich, engulfing presence.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(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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