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You have to congratulate Vini Bancalari and Don May Jr. for finally bringing another lost horror movie to Laserdisc. THE STEPFORD WIVES ($40) probably never would have seen a Laserdisc release had it not been for Elite Entertainment Inc.. After seeing THE STEPFORD WIVES for the first time in many years, I have to comment that this is one of the most politically incorrect titles to be made available on Laserdisc in quite some time. For that reason, THE STEPFORD WIVES is like a breath of fresh air. I am so tired of films trying not to step on the toes of one group or another. THE STEPFORD WIVES not only steps on the toes of women- it steamrolls right over them. The plot of THE STEPFORD WIVES offers perfect misogynistic wish fulfillment. In the idyllic New England town of Stepford, the women are being turned into domestic goddesses- living for the sheer pleasure of cooking, cleaning and serving their husband’s every whim. THE STEPFORD WIVES is based upon the novel by Ira Levin, and stars Katherine Ross and Paula Prentiss as two newcomers in Stepford, who notice something odd about the other women in town. The cast also includes Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman, Tina Louise, Carol Rossen and Patrick O’Neal as the former Disneyland employee responsible for the women’s conversion into perfect automatons.

Elite Entertainment has given THE STEPFORD WIVES a good looking Letterboxed transfer which restores the film’s original 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. Colors are fairly accurate, but are somewhat limited by the film stocks which were available during the mid-seventies. The image varies between razor sharpness and slight haziness. This is a component of the film’s original cinematography and not a fault in the transfer. Film grain is also held in check during the film’s darker sequences. The film element itself does have a few minor markings, but otherwise is in very good shape. The digital monaural soundtrack was crisp and clear. The Pioneer pressing exhibited a smattering of speckles.


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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