WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bar Girls

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Nancy Allison Wolfe, Liza D’Agostino, Camila Griggs & Michael Harris

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3223OR
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 11/1/95
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Credits Information
(Director): Marita Giovanni
(Screenplay/Written By): Lauran Hoffman
(Story): NA
(Music): NA
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(Production Designer): NA
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(Editor): Carter Dehaven
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Doug Lindeman
(Producers): Lauran Hoffman & Marita Giovanni

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bar Girls is a woman-relationship comedy about the dating game with a twist. At a popular lesbian bar hangout in Los Angeles, the trendy Girl Bar, Loretta (Nancy Allison), an insecure cartoon series writer meets up with Rachel (Liza D’Agostino) an aspiring actress from New York who is headstrong, but commitment shy. Loretta’s insecurity gets in the way of the possibility of a close relationship with Rachel, when past girlfriends resurface at their hangout and further complicate their lives. Loretta gets herself in way too deep and faces the chance of losing Rachel forever in this honest and witty film about modern gay women and lesbian love relationships. This is romantic fare of an unusual gender variation with scenes that have nudity and kissing, same sex exploits that may offend.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Fleshtones are natural and the picture is sharp and de-tailed, with vivid colors and deep, solid blacks. Shadow detail is good and there is but the slightest noise throughout, but no artifacts for a visually satisfying experience.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is virtually all-dialogue, thus mono, but for a limited music score that provides a subtle degree of surround envelopment. The dialogue is natural sounding and is supported with natural room tone ambiance.
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