WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Airport 1975

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Susan Clark, Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Dana Andrews, Roy Thinnes, Sid Caesar, Myrna Loy, Ed Nelson, Nancy Olson, Larry Storch, Martha Scott, Jerry Stiller, Norman Fell, Conrad Janis, Beverly Garland, Augusta Summerland, Guy Stockwell & Gloria Swanson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42003
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1974
(LD Release Date): 1/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jack Smight
(Screenplay/Written By): Don Ingalls
(Story): NA
(Music): John Cacavas
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): George C. Webb
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): J. Terry Williams
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jennings Lang
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): William Frye

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Airport 1975 is a disaster drama and sequel to the high grossing 1969 movie Airport, based on the novel by Arthur Hailey. The original was produced in Todd-AO® 70-mm with six-track mag stereo. This edition is Panavision® anamorphic scope with monaural sound as was another sequel Airport ’77. The movie is a high tension thriller with a large and famous cast of passengers and crew. This time a 747 jumbo jet is hit in midair by a private plane causing a gaping hole in the cockpit, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. The chief stewardess, played by Karen Black, must take control of the plane until a pilot, played by Charlton Heston, is daringly delivered by way of a rescue helicopter, to guide the plane to its landing.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is framed at 2.40:1. Quality varies with images undefined and inconsistent fleshtones. Colors are vivid but grain and noise, as well as artifacts are visible.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished mono.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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