WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Blue Kite, The

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Lu Liping, Yi Tian, Zhang Wenyao, Chen Xiaoman, Pu Quanxin, Li Xuejian, Guo Baochang & Zong Ping

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Kino On Video
(Catalog Number): ID3040KN
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 139
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 12/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Tian Zhuangzhuang
(Screenplay/Written By): Xiao Mao
(Story): NA
(Music): Yoshihide Otomo
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
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(Editor): Qian Lengleng
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): NA

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Told from the perspective of a young Beijing boy, this drama tells astory of hope and freedom during China’s anti-rightist campaign. The story traces the lives of an ordinary family and their neighbors caught in a prolonged period of political and social upheaval. The film is banned in China, where the director is forbidden to make films.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.78:1 picture is rich, with vivid colors, natural fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. Natural and realistic is descriptive of the picture. Shadow delineation is excellent, as is color fidelity and contrast. Images are rendered slightly soft. The source element appears to be a pristine print, with some slight noise and minor artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished mono.
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