WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Patriot Games
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, James Earl Jones, Sean Bean, Patrick Bergin, James Fox.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV32530-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 12/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Phillip Noyce
(Screenplay/Written By): W. Peter Iliff & Donald Stewart
(Story): NA
(Music): James Horner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Joseph Nemec III
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Neil Travis, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Charles H. Maguire
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Mace Neufeld & Robert Rehme

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This is the second movie edition of the Tom Clancy-action series (the first, “The Hunt for Red October,” starred Alec Baldwin) featuring ex-CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Ford). Here Ryan foils an IRA terrorist attack on the Royal family, killing a terrorist and incurring the wrath of the man’s brother, who follows Ryan and family back to the States for revenge.

LaserDisc Picture:
Picture quality is equally superb with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 that is sure to please the widescreen LaserDisc enthusiast.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound design with its excellent use of panning and extended, deep bass response perfectly enhances the plot devices and action set pieces to create enough anxiety to keep any viewer on the edge of his or her seat. The Dolby Surround® presentation is effectively aggressive with powerful rain storms and helicopter effects, and a well recorded James Horner music score that further stimulates the tension, making for an impressive home theatre demonstration.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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