WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bill Paxton, Ice T, William Sadler, Ice Cube, Art Evans, De’Voreaux White.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41545
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 5/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Walter Hill
(Screenplay/Written By): Bob Gale & Robert Zemeckis
(Story): NA
(Music): Ry Cooder
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jon Hutman
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Freeman Davies
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
(Co-Producers): Michael S. Glick
(Producers): Neil Canton

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.90:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A Walter Hill (48 Hours) heavy caliber action-thriller about two suburban firemen buddies, Paxton and Sadler, who clash with city hoods, Ice T and Ice Cube, defending their turf, and a fortune in hidden gold. Witnesses to a drug-related murder, the two firemen find themselves trapped in an urban nightmare, hunted by the vicious armed gang.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer is matted to 1.90:1. The picture quality is generally excellent with flesh tones a bit on the reddish side and some grain. There are no video noise artifacts present except and everything looks pretty natural.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
There is an excellent soundtrack with deep, extended bass and well recorded Foley sound effects. The aggressive surrounds envelop effectively to heighten the sense of dangerous confrontation with the killer gang.
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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