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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Air America

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 28 (June 1998) Of Widescreen Review®

Mel Gibson, Robert Downey, Jr., Nancy Travis, David Marshall Grant, Lane Smith, Ken Jenkins & Burt Kwouk

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: NR
DD Sound Rating: NR
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer, production notes, and cast and filmmaker biographies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 60471
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1990
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 3/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roger Spottiswoode
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Gibson stars as Gene Ryack, a seen-it-all pilot and gun runner who shows the newly recruited Billy Covington (Downey) around. The aircrafts carry shipments of supplies, medicine, arms, and even army platoon to the village's secretive dangerous mission. Covington is outraged when he finds that a general is using their planes to smuggle unprocessed heroin from the countryside to his lab. The corrupt officials need a scapegoat for this illicit trade and he is chosen as the victim. Based on the book by Christopher Robbins.

DVD Picture:
The non-anamorphic DVD, framed at 2.32:1, exhibits the same beautiful quality as the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 13. Images are even sharper with more detail, and would have no doubt looked stunning if it were available in the anamorphic format. Color fidelity is slightly warmer with better hue definition, although fleshtones look a little reddish at times. Some minor artifacts and compression pixelization noise is apparent.

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