WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Fatal Instinct

Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Nelligan, Sean Young.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ML103944
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 03/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Carl Reiner
(Screenplay/Written By): David O’Malley
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Gibbs
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Sandy Veneziano
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(Editor): Bud Molin & Stephen Myers
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(Executive Producers): Pieter Jan Brugge
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Katie Jacobs & Pierce Gardner

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
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Carl Reiner’s Fatal Instinct is a spoof on every suspense thriller in the book. Armand Assante stars as Ned Ravine, a lawyer cop who is hotly pursued by three femmes fatales, his wife who schemes to murder him, his dedicated secretary who is too good to be true, and a seductive, glamorous client.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is a real looker. Colors are strong and vivid and the image detail is exceptional. Blacks are well defined as is the shadow detail. Contrast is exemplary and flesh color is perfectly natural. The 1.85:1 transfer is noise and artifact free for a pristine and sharply rendered picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is first rate with its wonderfully recorded and dynamic music score by Richard Gibbs. It is the main source of surround envelopment, and is heard throughout most scenes. Dialogue is natural but the few scenes without music have few stereo effects.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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