WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Great Expectations

Reviewed In Issue 29 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria, Chris Cooper, Anne Bancroft & Robert De Niro

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 0449285
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
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(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Alfonso Cuarón
(Screenplay/Written By): Mitch Glazer
(Story): NA
(Music): Patrick Doyle
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Tony Burrough
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(Editor): Steven Weisberg
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(Executive Producers): Deborah Lee
(Co-Producers): John Linson
(Producers): Art Linson

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): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations is a beguiling new version of the classic coming-of-age story of a young aspiring artist named Finn (Ethan Hawke), as he grows up in a forgotten backwater town in modern-day Florida. There he meets the eccentric Mrs. Dinsmoor (Anne Bancroft) and falls in love with her beautiful, but unattainable niece, Estella (Gwyneth Paltrow). It is also during this time that Finn survives a terrifying run-in with an escaped convict (Robert De Niro)—an encounter that will resonate throughout his life.

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