WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez, Tom Hulce, John Turturro.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12986
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 122
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 03/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Peter Weir
(Screenplay/Written By): Rafael Yglesias
(Story): NA
(Music): Maurice Jarre
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Stoddart
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): William Anderson, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Robin Forman & William Beasley
(Producers): Paula Weinstein & Mark Rosenberg

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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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Gripping drama with another tour de force performance by Jeff Bridges. Here he plays an airplane passenger who miraculously survices a crash (along with a handfull of other passengers)., Now “gifted” and unafraid of death, he takes a variety of dangerous physical risks, causing his marriage to become tenuous. He is finally transformed into a whole being when he’s asked to help another passenger (Perez), who lost her baby in the crash.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. It is finely detailed, especially on closeups. Overall, the picture looks very pleasing with no noticeable artifacts. Flesh tones are accurate with excellent color balance throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack develops some exciting sound effects and in several scenes the surround envelopment is aggressive, Otherwise this is a disappointingly conventional mix with mostly mono produced scenes.
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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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