WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Children of a Lesser God

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie & Philip Bosco

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV 1839-2WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $44.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1986
(LD Release Date): 12/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Randa Haines
(Screenplay/Written By): Hesper Anderson & Mark Medoff
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Convertino
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gene Callahan
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Renée April
(Editor): Lisa Fructhman
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert A. Grieve
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Burt Sugarman & Patrick Palmer

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): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Marlee Matlin won a well deserved Best Actress Oscar® for her role as Sarah, a headstrong hearing impaired young woman who graduated from a small New England school for the deaf and chose to remain in the safety of this silent world. Distant at first, she soon learns to trust James Leeds (Hurt), an unconventional new teacher and wins his heart. Children Of A Lesser God is based on the stage play by Mark Medoff and directed by Randa Haines. (Laurie Sevano)

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is inflicted with noise throughout, but no distracting artifacts. Other picture quality aspects are excellent. Colors are naturally rendered with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished and compressed mono.
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