WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Frederick Andrei, Roland Bertin, Richard Bohringer, Gerard Darmon, Chantal Deruaz, Jacques Fabbri, Patrick Floersheim, Thuy An Luu & Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1461L
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $69.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1981
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jean-Jacques Beineix
(Screenplay/Written By): Jean-Jacques Beineix & Jean Van Hamme
(Story): NA
(Music): Vladimir Cosma
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Hilton McConnico
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Claire Fraisse
(Editor): Monique Prim & Marie-Josephe Yoyotte
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Irene Silberman

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:
When Jules (Andrei), a young mailman obsessed with American soprano Cynthia Hawkins (Fernandez), bootlegs her performance, he finds himself caught in a mysterious and dangerous crime ring. Two men want the tape—valuable because the diva forbids her concerts to be recorded—but when the tape gets mixed up with one that reveals the identity of a top mobster involved in an international sex and drug ring, suddenly Jules is wanted by the police and sinister hitmen. Diva is a critically acclaimed and thrilling masterpiece by then debut filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1:66:1 matted picture, created from a new digital transfer of a new 35mm low contrast print, exhibits good color fidelity with natural fleshtones and deep blacks, although seeming a bit plugged up in resolution in some scenes. Images are generally sharp and detailed otherwise, but there is slight noise and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished and compressed monaural.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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