WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Crimes of Passion

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin, Annie Potts, Bruce Davison

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Lumivision
(Catalog Number): LVD9523
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1984
(LD Release Date): 6/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ken Russell
(Screenplay/Written By): Barry Sandler
(Story): NA
(Music): Rick Wakeman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Steve Marsh
(Visual Effects): Reel EFX, Inc.
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Brian Tagg
(Supervising Sound Editors): Peter Austen-Hunt
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Larry Thompson
(Co-Producers): Donald P. Borchers
(Producers): Barry Sandler

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:
This unrated edition of Ken Russell’s 1984 dark, sexy and compelling thriller, Crimes Of Passion, stars Kathleen Turner living a dangerous double life as fashion designer Joanna Crane by day, and hooker China Blue by night. She is caught in a dark world of passion and danger, stalked by a perverse street preacher (Anthony Perkins), who sniffs stimulants, hangs out in peep shows and carries a bag of sex toys—including a kinky murder weapon. Crimes Of Passion is daring and provocative, but is not suitable for all viewers.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Color fidelity is poor in some scenes with oversaturated colors and inconsistent fleshtones. Images are sharp and detailed with good shadow detail. The slightest noise is apparent but there are no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is presented in undistinguished monaural, but worse, the sound is buried in hiss.
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