WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Grace of My Heart

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Illeana Douglas, Matt Dillon, Eric Stoltz, Patsy Kensit, John Turturro.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 43126
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Allison Anders
(Screenplay/Written By): Allison Anders
(Story): NA
(Music): Larry Klein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Francois Seguin
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Susan Bertram
(Editor): Thelma Schoonmaker, James Kwei & Harvey Rosenstock, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Philip Stockton
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Martin Scorsese
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ruth Charny & Daniel Hassid

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): DTS Digital Sound
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Grace Of My Heart is the acclaimed story of songwriting sensation Denise Waverly (Douglas), whose personal and professional struggles during the male-dominated world of pop music inspire her to write affecting songs filled with rich melodies that sustain a music empire.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.85:1, looks natural with excellent color fidelity, accurate fleshtones, warm and vibrant colors and deep solid blacks. Generally sharp and detailed, shadow detail is excellent. There is slight noise found in dark scenes, but no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The music score is the outstanding element in this soundtrack full of inconsistencies. The nicely recorded orchestral and vocal score presents a spacious soundstage with both subtle and aggressive enveloping surrounds. Ambiant sound effects are presented in stereo, but the sound character is wanting in naturalness. Dialogue generally has good spatial integration, but sounds slightly uneven.
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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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