WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

China Moon
Genre:Mystery Suspense

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Benicio Del Toro, Charles Dance.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2844OR
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 9/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Bailey
(Screenplay/Written By): Roy Carlson
(Story): NA
(Music): George Fenton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Conrad E. Angone
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(Editor): Carol Littleton, ACE & Jill Savitt
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Barrie M. Osborne

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
China Moon is a suspense mystery in-volving a homicide detective caught in a murder trap. Kyle Bodine played by Ed Harris is an expert detective who can solve a murder with only the clues at hand; he has a theory that all killers make a mistake sooner or later. He meets and falls under the spell of Rachel Munro (Madeleine Stowe) who is caught in an unhappy marriage with an abusive and wealthy banker, played by Charles Dance. When Rachel kills him, she calls on Bodine to help cover up all the signs and get rid of the body. Soon Kyle is considered a prime suspect having been caught in a lethal web of lustful mistakes. It is a smoldering, erotic mystery that twists and turns under the spell of a full “China Moon.”

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.32:1 scope picture has the slightest grain and noise but no marring artifacts. Images are well defined with excellent resolution and shadow detail. Colors are well balanced with deep blacks and excellent contrast and natural fleshtones.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is a conventional one and not distinguished with surround envelopment except for a subtle presence provided by the lush orchestral score. Effects are essentially centered and restrictive in impact.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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