WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Poseidon Adventure, The

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowell, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O’Connell, Eric Shea & Leslie Nielsen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 0416085
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1972
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Ronald Neame
(Screenplay/Written By): Stirling Silliphant & Wendell Mayes
(Story): NA
(Music): John Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): William Creber
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Paul Zastupnevich
(Editor): Harold F. Kress, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): John Bonner
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Irwin Allen

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): Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Poseidon Adventure is a perilous sea adventure that details the desperate effort of ten survivors as they try to escape an ocean liner capsized by a huge tidal wave. Death and destruction are everywhere as the victims struggle their way through the inverted ship. This classic thriller weaves suspenseful terror at sea with the survivors’ intimate and personal stories. From the novel by Paul Gallico, The Poseidon Adventure was nominated for eight 1972 Academy Awards®, bringing home one for Best Song and a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® scope 2.35:1 picture looks dated with images that are generally sharp and detailed. Color fidelity is generally good with deep, undefined blacks, though fleshtones are often wanting in naturalness. Shadow detail is mediocre, slightly undefined and noise and artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a dated and limited stereo presence that sounds compressed, distorted and veiled in fidelity.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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