WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Air America
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mel Gibson, Robert Downey, Jr. , Nancy Travis, David Marshall Grant, Lane Smith, Ken Jenkins & Burt Kwouk

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD68931-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 12/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Roger Spottiswoode
(Screenplay/Written By): John Eskow & Richard Rush
(Story): NA
(Music): Charles Gross
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Allan Cameron
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): John Mollo
(Editor): John Bloom & Lois Freeman-Fox
(Supervising Sound Editors): Lon Bender, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mario Kassar & Andrew Vajna
(Co-Producers): Allen Shapiro & John Eskow
(Producers): Daniel Melnick

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): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Gibson stars as Gene Ryack, a seen-it-all pilot and gun runner who shows the newly recruited Billy Covington (Downey) around. The aircrafts carry shipments of supplies, medicine, arms and even army platoon to the villages secretive dangerous mission. Covington is outraged when he finds that a general is using their planes to smuggle unprocessed heroin form the countryside to his lab. The corrupt officials need a scapegoat for this illicit trade and he is chosen as the victim. Based on the book by Christopher Robbins.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture transfer features fabulous cinematography and is extremely natural looking with accurate fleshtones and excellent shadow detail. Colors are vivid and the picture is solid with no apparent artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack provides a subtle surround ambience at times. Generaly lacking is bass impact and extension, though pleasing.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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