WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dolores Claiborne

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Strathairn, Judy Parfitt, John C. Reilly, Christopher Plummer, Eric Bososian

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 59906
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 12/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Taylor Hackford
(Screenplay/Written By): Tony Gilroy
(Story): NA
(Music): Danny Elfman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bruno Rubeo
(Visual Effects): The Computer Film Company, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Shay Cunliffe
(Editor): Mark Warner
(Supervising Sound Editors): David E. Stone, MPSE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Taylor Hackford

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dolores Claiborne is an emotionally engrossing and intensely unsettling story based on the Stephen King novel. Kathy Bates stars as the strong-willed woman, who, after years of abuse from her husband is believed to have murdered her husband and is now accused of murdering her bedridden employer. It is at this time that her estranged daughter Selena (Leigh), an investigative journalist, re-enters her motherís life to relive a painful past that Dolores tells via flashbacks.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture is a disappointment. Color fidelity is porr and inconsistent. Stylized with bluish hues in nearly all outdoor scenes, facial tones are often extremely purple. Images lack sharpness and detail, and noise is apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has natural dialogue and an expansive music socre that is well recorded, providing subtle surround envelopment.
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