WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Spirits of the Dead

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, Terence Stamp.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 1
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3744WB
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1968
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Vadim/Malle/Fellini
(Screenplay/Written By): Clement Biddle Wood, Federico Fellini & Bernardino Zapponni
(Story): NA
(Music): Jean Prodromides, Diego Masson & Nino Rota
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jean Andre
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Piero Tosi
(Editor): Helene Plemiannikov, Franco Arcalli, Suzanne Baron & Ruggiero Mastroianni
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Raymond Eger
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ludmilla Goulian, Andre Cultet & Tomaso Sagone

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Spirits Of The Dead is a provocative anthology of three separate stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Metzengerstein (Roger Vadim, director) stars Jane Fonda as a capriciously cruel countess who is visited by a hot-blooded black stallion that she believes is the spirit of her dead cousin (Peter Fonda). William Wilson (Louis Malle, director) is a sadistic young man (Delon) who struggles for a sense of identity as he battles a look-alike who checkmates his every cruel move. The final tale is Toby Dammit (Federico Fellini, director), where Terence Stamp plays a down-and-out drunken actor who cannot escape the image of a ghostly child.

LaserDisc Picture:
The problematic picture exhibits completely washed out and dated colors with faded blacks. Sharpness and detail is wanting and undefined. Noise and distracting artifacts mar the picture throughout. Subtitles drop below a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and cannot be read on widescreen displays.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished and compressed monaural.
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