WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Drop Squad

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Eriq LaSalle, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Ving Rhames, Kasi Lemmons, Leonard Thomas, Eric A. Payne

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42160
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 4/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): D. Clark Johnson
(Screenplay/Written By): David C. Johnson & Butch Robinson
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Bearden
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ina Mayhew
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Darlene Jackson
(Editor): Kevin Lee
(Supervising Sound Editors): Philip Stockton & Fred Rosenberg
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(Executive Producers): Spike Lee
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Shelby Stone & Butch Robinson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Drop Squad is the controversial film executive-produced by Spike Lee that sought to explore a different form of social unrest; that of African-American who deny or exploit their cultural heritage for personal gain. The “Drop Squad” is the name of an outlaw organization that has been formed to “de-program” Blacks who they believe are a threat to racial pride. They often use methods that become increasingly violent in order to achieve their goal. The squad’s latest target, Bruford Jamison, Jr. (LaSalle), is an advertising agent who creates ads that are considered racially offensive and detrimental to the African-American image.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. It is natural in appearance with excellent color fidel-ity and contrast, sharpness and detail, accurate fleshtones and solid blacks. Solid is the word that best describes the look.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is conventional movie stereo with the music providing envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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