WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Circle of Friends

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Chris O’Donnell, Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Geraldine O’Rawe, Saffron Burrows

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): LD91214-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 8/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Pat O’Connor
(Screenplay/Written By): Andrew Davies
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jim Clay
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Anushia Nieradzik
(Editor): John Jympson, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Terrence Clegg
(Co-Producers): Kenith Trodd
(Producers): Ariene Sellers, Alex Winitsky, Frank Price

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Maeve Binchy, Circle Of Friends is a delightfully different romantic drama about three childhood friends growing up together and entering womanhood in Ireland. When the trio enter a university in Dublin, Benny (Driver), the self-conscious dreamer of the group falls for the soft-spoken, yet popular rugby player, Jack (O’Donnell). But Benny is betrayed by her sexually precocious friend, Nan, who seduces Jack in order to get him to accept responsibility for her pregnancy by another man, unbeknownst to him.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits pleasing quality with excellent color fidelity, balanced fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture is sharp and detailed with no noise, grain or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a wonderful music score and subtle enveloping surround.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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