WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

In The Line Of Fire
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott, John Mahoney.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 52316
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 02/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Wolfgang Peterson
(Screenplay/Written By): Jeff Maguire
(Story): NA
(Music): Ennio Morricone
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lilly Kilvert
(Visual Effects): Sony Pictures ImageWorks, R/Greenburg Associates West, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Erica Edell Phillips
(Editor): Anne V. Coates
(Supervising Sound Editors): Wylie Stateman & Gregg Baxter
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Wolfgang Petersen, Gail Katz & David Valdes
(Co-Producers): Bob Rosenthal
(Producers): Jeff Apple

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8)
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Critically acclaimed for its excellence, Eastwood gives a fine performance as Frank Horrigan, a tough, heroic, yet flawed agent out to stop the assassination of the President—a responsibility that he failed at as JFK’s protector in Dallas. Horrigan’s ghosts of the past are resurrected when a corrupt CIA operative (Malcovich) prepares an assassination while daring Horrigan to stop him.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture on this transfer is beautifully photographed with the images carefully composed. The aspect ratio measures 2.40:1, the aspect ratio recommended by the SMPTE for scope films in the early ’70s which is a slight crop of the available 2.35:1 projectable image area. Overall the picture quality is sure to please, but does not quite achieve the pristine quality of the best LaserDiscs. Flesh tones are a bit over saturated throughout but otherwise color fidelity is excellent with natural lighting in the interior scenes. Detail is excellent both overall and in the dark shadowed scenes. There is the slightest evidence of grain and noise artifacts, but not enough to seriously detract from the otherwise excellent presentation.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack, theatrically mixed in the eight-track discrete SDDS system, jumps from mono dialogue and room ambiance to an aggressive enveloping surround with powerful bass extension down to 30 Hz in some scenes! Dialogue is always intelligible but over sibilant. The frontal stereo spread is exemplary. Ennio Morricone’s score is beautifully recorded and provides an effective envelopment in the surrounds. It is the best part of the soundtrack mix. It has excellent fidelity, imaging and depth.
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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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