WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny, Michelle Forbes.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PolyGram Video
(Catalog Number): 440-088933-1
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(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): Dominic Sena
(Screenplay/Written By): Tim Metcalfe
(Story): Stephen Levy & Tim Metcalfe
(Music): Carter Burwell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael White
(Visual Effects): Special Effects Unlimited & Howard A. Anderson Co.
(Costume Designer): Kelle Kutsuqeras
(Editor): Martin Hunter
(Supervising Sound Editors): Paul Clay
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lynn Bigelow & Jim Kouf
(Co-Producers): Kristine J. Schwartz & Mitch Sacharoff
(Producers): Steve Golin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson & Aristides McGarry

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): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Kalifornia is a suspense-driven thriller about one writer’s compassionate attempt to understand the mind of a murderer. In an attempt to gather information for a novel he is writing, Brian Kessler (David Duchovny) and his girlfriend Carrie (Michelle Forbes) plan to visit murder sites on their way to California. In order to afford this journey, they advertise for two people to share expenses on the trip, but find more than driving companions when an ex-con (Brad Pitt) and his girlfriend (Juliette Lewis) answer their ad.

LaserDisc Picture:
The perfectly framed 2.35:1 picture has a soft focus and inconsistent flesh tones. Color balance is good as is shadow detail. Colors appear to be accurately rendered. and there are no glaring artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has excellent surround enhancements and envelopment with good stereo separation and natural dialogue.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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