WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Babette’s Feast

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean Phillipe Lafont & Bibi Andersson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3331OR
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1987
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Gabriel Axel
(Screenplay/Written By): Gabriel Axel
(Story): Isak Dinesen
(Music): Per Nørgärd
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(Production Designer): Sven Wichmann
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(Editor): Per Nørgärd
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Just Betzer & Bo Christensen

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 A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
“Babette’s Feast,” the critically acclaimed Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1987, is a wry tale about a Parisian refugee with a special secret, working for two Puritan sisters on the desolate coast of Denmark. For fourteen years, Babette Hersant (Audran) prepares the traditional boiled codfish and ale-bread soup for the sisters’ and their small congregation. Until one day she wins 10,000 francs and spends every cent creating the most extraordinary five-course French dinner for the villagers—to show off her talents a superb French chef, even though they will have no idea what they are eating. The original story of life, pleasure and artistic passion was spun by Isak Dinesen (Out Of Africa).

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1 and exhibits natural color fidelity with accurate fleshtones and neutral colors. The images are generally sharp and detailed, but sometimes noise is so bad it affects sharpness. There are very few artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is nicely presented with natural sounding dialogue that is spatial in character. Some scenes are very spatial and the ambiant effects have aggressive surround envelopment. This is mostly a dialogue soundtrack, but with excellent soundfield spatial integration.
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