WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Antonia’s Line

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Willeke Van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Jan Decleir, Marina De Graaf & Mil Seghers

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): BMG Independants
(Catalog Number): ID3652BM
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 12/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Marleen Gorris
(Screenplay/Written By): Marleen Gorris
(Story): NA
(Music): Ilona Sekacz
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Harry Amerlaan
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(Editor): Michiel Reichwen & Wim Louwrier
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Antonio Lombardo & Judy Counihan
(Producers): Hans De Weers

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Antonia’s Line, winner of the 1995 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, is as inspiring and uplifting as the unforgettable character at its heart. Directed by Marleen Gorris, the poetic, sometimes humorous story follows the independent Antonia (Willeke Van Ammelrooy) as she returns with her brilliant daughter Danielle (Els Dottermans), to her rural village after twenty years to witness the death of her mother. There they start a new life on a farm, thus beginning a remarkable portrait of a large family and a community of mothers and daughters, and of one staunch woman. A film about life and death, the many characters are so unforgettably individual and as easy to follow as one’s own family tree.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.82:1, is inconsistent in color fidelity with often undersaturated and washed out colors, but fleshtones are generally natural. Sharpness and detail is wanting, often exhibiting a soft focus with noise and artifacts throughout. The second line of subtitles are not seen on widescreen monitors.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has an expansive music score and dialogue often sounds “manufactured.” This is a mediocre soundtrack with subtle surround. Further, there is audible background hiss.
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