WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Unforgiven, The

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon, Charles Bickford.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML101123
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 125
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1960
(LD Release Date): 06/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Huston
(Screenplay/Written By): Ben Meddow
(Story): NA
(Music): Dimitri Tiomkin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stephen Grimes
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Russell Lloyd
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): James Hill

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
John Huston’s The Unforgiven is based on a novel by Alan LeMay and stars Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, and Lillian Gish. This is a story about the bloodshed that results when two races are incapable of understanding each other. The Zachary family and the other white settlers in their community live behind a benevolent peace-loving facade until Zacharys’ daughter, Rachel, is accused of being an Indian, which sparks the community’s true resentment and deep hatred for the Indians. While provocative, The Unforgiven is packed with suspense, romance, and gunslinging action and adventure through the Texas wilderness.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture accurately duplicates the original Panavision® 2.35:1 composition. Color fidelity is excellent with saturated colors, good contrast and natural fleshtones. Blacks are solid, shadow detail is good and images are sharply defined. The transfer is very clean with only very minor artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The undistinguished monaural soundtrack is of low fidelity with substantially compressed dynamics.
(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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