WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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A special documentary, The True Story Of Glory Continues, narrated by Morgan Freeman follows the film’s credits on Side 3. Included are edited scenes from the film, historic photographs, drawings and maps, and excerpts from letters and journals written by the 54th and their followers.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 79526
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 167
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 6/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Edward Zwick
(Screenplay/Written By): Kevin Jarre
(Story): NA
(Music): James Horner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Garwood
(Visual Effects): Illusion Arts, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Francine Jamison-Tanchuck
(Editor): Steven Rosenblum
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Pieter Jan Brugge
(Producers): Freddie Fields

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Historically accurate, visually invigorating, emotional and compelling, Glory is an epic masterpiece in which Denzel Washington won an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor. The story centers on Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) and his 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry—the first regiment to be recruited after President Lincoln opened his army to include black soldiers. This is their story of courage from the unit’s formation in 1862 to its disbandment at the war’s end.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.78:1. The picture has a pleasing presence, with accurate fleshtones, deep blacks, and natural appearing outdoor scenes. It is faulted by excessive grain throughout as well as poor shadow detail. Otherwise the disc does not suffer from artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack, while not comparable to the fidelity of the best, delivers an aggressive surround presence, particularly in the battle scenes. And James Horner delivers a powerful music score as well.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
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