WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dead Man Walking

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PolyGram Video
(Catalog Number): 704
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $44.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 122
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 6/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Tim Robbins
(Screenplay/Written By): Tim Robbins
(Story): NA
(Music): David Robbins
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Richard Hoover
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Renee Ehrlich Keufus
(Editor): Lisa Zeno Churgin
(Supervising Sound Editors): Dab Sable
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): John Kilik, Tim Robbins & Rudd Simmons

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 SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the true story and the book “Dead Man Walking,“ written by Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., this moving film is about the breaking down of a hardened criminal. When Matthew Poncelet (Penn) asks in a letter that Sister Helen Prejean (Sarandon in an Academy Award®-winning role) come to visit him on Death Row, she comes face-to-face with the convicted killer of two lovers, a man who continues to plead his innocence. When the date is set for Poncelet’s execution by lethal injection, he asks Sister Helen to be his spiritual advisor and guide him through his last days.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. The image quality is sure to please with warm, vibrant colors, deep solid blacks and natural fleshtones. The picture is sharp and detailed with excellent shadow detail, but slight noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is extremely quite with naturally spatial dialogue. While the focus is mono, fidelity and presence is superb. The theme sung by Bruce Spingsteen is beautifully recorded.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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