WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dirty Dancing

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Gray, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD16013-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1987
(LD Release Date): 10/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Emile Ardolino
(Screenplay/Written By): Eleanor Bergstein
(Story): NA
(Music): John Morris
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Chapman
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Dan Sable
(Editor): Peter C. Frank
(Supervising Sound Editors): Dan Sable
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mitchell Cannold & Steven Reuther
(Co-Producers): Eleanor Bergstein
(Producers): Linda Gottlieb

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:
While vacationing in the Catskills in the summer of 1963, 17-year old Baby (Grey) falls for hotshot hotel dance instructor, Johnny (Swayze), who is as experienced in life as she is naive. She gets him to teach her to dance his style. The experience is a coming-of-age time for Baby, and a rebellious time for Johnny, but the more they practice dancing, the closer the two become.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits excellent color fidelity with fully saturated colors, deep blacks and natural fleshtones. Side 2 is inconsistent, with hues appearing slightly oversaturated.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The music score is wonderful and provides subtle surround envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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