WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloe Sevigny.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): VID
(Catalog Number): LVDM6311
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 1/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Larry Clark
(Screenplay/Written By): Harmony Korine
(Story): NA
(Music): Lou Barlow & John Davis
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Kevin Thompson
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Kim Druce
(Editor): Kevin Thompson
(Supervising Sound Editors): Wendy Hedin
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Cathy Conrad, Christine Vachon & Lauren Zalaznick
(Producers): Cary Woods

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.88:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This is a disturbing drama filmed documentary-style about 24-hours in the lives of a group of New York City teens. These kids live in a world of sex, drugs, AIDS and street violence. The film imparts a disturbing realism as debut film director Larry Clark, a renowned photographer of urban youth, explores the raw adventures of street behavior and language. The story centers on Telly (Fitzpatrick), a skinny, sex-driven kid whose main interest is instant sexual gratification from young, naive girls looking for affection. One of his one-time victims, Jennie (Sevigny) visits a clinic with a friend, only to find she tests HIV positive.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.88:1 picture exhibits varying quality. While sharp, color fidelity is inconsistent with oversaturated colors and scenes that are poorly lit.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is badly executed stereo with muffled on location dialog.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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