WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Power Of One, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Stephen Dorff, John Gielgud, Morgan Freeman, Guy Witcher, Simon Fenton.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12411
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 9/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): John G. Avildsen
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Mark Kamen
(Story): NA
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Roger Hall
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John G. Avildsen & Trevor Jolly
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Steven Reuther, Graham Burke & Greg Coote
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Arnon Milchan

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A compelling epic of a triumph of the heart. This is an exhilarating story of challenge and leadership as the English ophaned “PK” (Dorff) takes on the South African apartheid system and the social injustices he sees around him, and finds that one person really can make a difference by helping the racially segregated Africans fight for justice.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is a powerful film with an alluring visual beauty that has been masterfully transferred and matted at 1.81:1 with not a trace of noise artifacts. The color fidelity and balance is outstanding, with a film-like natural quality that is stunning.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack mix is superb. The beautiful music score by Hans Zimmer, recorded by Jay Rifkin, is spectacular. The score presents an excellent challenge for a home theatre system’s music capability, particularly the reproduction of the massive male choral voicings heard throughout.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(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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