WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Vikings, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 09 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, James Donald, Alexander Knox, Maxine Audley, Frank Thring & Eileen Way

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML100579
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1958
(LD Release Date): 04/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Fleischer
(Screenplay/Written By): Calder Willingham
(Story): Dale Wasserman (Adaptation)
(Music): Mario Nascimbene
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Harper Goff
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(Editor): Elmo Williams, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Kirk Douglas
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jerry Bresler

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Vikings is an old fashioned Hollywood action adventure based on the novel by Edison Marshall about the early years of Erik the Red. Released in 1958, the flamboyant saga stars Kirk Douglas as Einar, a hot-tempered rebellious Viking Prince who competes viciously with his enslaved half-brother and heir to the English throne (Tony Curtis) for the Viking glory of love and leadership. The Vikings is an elaborately staged production of raids and sword fights enhanced with magnificent panoramas of the Norwegian fjords and the Brittany and French coasts, all lending to the film’s classic essence.

LaserDisc Picture:
The double frame Technirama® process provided a large negative for reduction to standard 35mm CinemaScope® release prints. The 2.35:1 frame, while rich in vivid color, lacks overall detail, particularly in dark scenes with some noticeable grain and video noise artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is not in original Perspecta® Stereophonic Sound, but undistinguished mon-aural. Orson Wells provides the narrative.
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