WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Casino Royale

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Peter Sellers, Ursula Andrews, David Niven, Woody Allen.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 76846
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 131
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1967
(LD Release Date): 11/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): John Huston, Ken Hughes, Val Guest, Robert Parrish & Joe McGrath
(Screenplay/Written By): Wolf Mankowitz, John Law & Michael Sayers
(Story): NA
(Music): Burt Bacharach
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Stringer
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Bill Lenny
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Charles K. Feldman & Jerry Bresler

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Casino Royale is suggested by the James Bond 007 Ian Fleming novel in this British/French/U.S. co-production, the only Bond book that was not available to United Artists, who made the other Bond movies. The world’s secret agents have begun to disappear and Sir James Bond, played by David Niven, has been asked to smash “Smersh” once and for all. He, with a cast that includes Ursula Andress, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, Woody Allen and several more high profile stars, romp their way through this comedic spy thriller with huge extravagant sets, beautiful girls and gags galore.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is properly framed in the 2.35:1 scope aspect ratio. A 70mm blowup version also was released. The picture on the CLV discs is soft and undefined. Fleshtones are inconsistent and reddish hued. Color is vivid with deep blacks and excellent contrast. The CAV disc looks much sharper with greater de-tail and is better in every aspect.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass are featured on the main title theme of the stereo soundtrack.
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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