WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Montenegro-Or Pigs and Pearls

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Susan Anspach, Erland Josephson, Per Oscarson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1469L
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1981
(LD Release Date): 2/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Dusan Makavejev
(Screenplay/Written By): Dusan Makavejev
(Story): NA
(Music): Kornell Kovach
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Radu Boruzescu
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Inger Pehrsson
(Editor): Sylvia Ingemarsson
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Bo Jonsson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Montenegro (or Pigs And Pearls) is a boisterous adult arch comedy about neglected and sexually frustrated housewife Marilyn Jordan (Susan Anspach) who deserts her dysfunctional family to join a group of exotic Yugoslav immigrants at a ramshackle enclave called the Zanzibar. There, Marilyn finally feels a sense of unquestionable welcome from such an unlikely group and becomes spiritually and sexually liberated by their free spirits, while feeding her insanely dangerous and self-centered desires.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.66:1 picture exhibits poor oversaturated color fidelity that is dark and grainy with reddish fleshtones and undefined blacks. Shadow detail is lacking in definition, contrast is poor, and images are wanting in sharpness and detail. Grain, noise and distracting artifacts are apparent throughout this problematic picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is produced in undistinguished monaural.
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