WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Geronimo: An American Legend

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Wes Studi, Matt Damon.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 58706
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 07/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Walter Hill
(Screenplay/Written By): John Milius & Larry Gross
(Story): John Milius
(Music): Ry Cooder
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Joe Alves
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Dan Moore
(Editor): Freeman Davies, Carmel Davies & Donn Aron
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael S. Glick
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Walter Hill & Neil Canton

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): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8) Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Geronimo: An American Legend is an explosive epic western starring Wes Studi as the fearless Apache warrior—the last Indian leader to surrender to the white man. This is a solid retelling of the last fighting days of the famed Chiricahua Apache leader and the violent final stand of the one tribe that refused to go along with the American Way.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture composition features fantastic cinematography and a very natural but stylized weathered and old-fashioned look. The color fidelity is richly hued, fully saturated and vivid, and conveys a distinctive warm feel to the picture. Some scenes appear to have been shot through a warm-colored amber filter rendering fleshtones slightly orange. Images are sharp with deep blacks and good shadow detail. Contrast is excellent and the picture is solid but for slight grain and noise in the dark scenes. There are no distracting transfer artifacts. This is a picture that is sure to please.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is wonderful with aggressive surrounds and thunderous bass extension which can be heard on galloping horses during the various gun battle engagements with the Apache. The bass is solid to 25 Hz! The Foley work is exceptional as well, and convincingly recreates the complex sounds of man-to-man combat and rifle-bearing horsemen and engaged in battle. Dialogue is always clear and natural. Ry Cooder’s music score is simply magnificent.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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