WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Blown Away
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Forest Whitaker, Suzy Amis.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML 105129
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 12/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Stephen Hopkins
(Screenplay/Written By): Joe Batteer & John Rice
(Story): John Rice, Joe Batteer & M. Jay Roach
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Graysmark
(Visual Effects): Out Of The Blue
(Costume Designer): Joe I. Tompkins
(Editor): Timothy Wellburn
(Supervising Sound Editors): Bob Newlan
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lloyd Segan
(Co-Producers): Dean O’Brien
(Producers): John Watson, Richard Lewis & Pen Densham

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): DTS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Blown Away is a fast-action revenge thriller featuring Bridges as U.S. police bomb squad specialist, Jimmy Dove. When a terrorist explosion hits Boston and kills a fellow officer, Dove is pulled away from his new wife and daughter to face a deeply secretive past that has come back to avenge him. Jones is Gaerity, the crazed ex-IRA soldier who has been locked behind bars in Ireland for a brutal IRA bombing. When he lands in Boston after escaping from prison, Gaerity seeks out his former friend on a mission of destruction.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio has been preserved in this superb transfer. The picture is exceptionally natural. Fleshtones are accurately rendered and both color fidelity and contrast are excellent. Images are detailed and sharp, and shadow detail is outstanding. The blacks are solid and deep. There is some slight grain and noise, but it is the presence of artifacts that detracts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack was theatrically released in discrete six-track DTS and this matrixed DTS Stereo Surround version is wonderfully spacious. But at the same time it is problematic because it is over-bright throughout. Dialogue is brittle, music is edgy, and sound effects and Foley are piercing. But the explosions are intense and the deep bass impact at 25 Hz is exciting, and that is a large part of the soundtrack appeal.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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