WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, N’Bushe Wright.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 3041 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 2/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Boaz Yakin
(Screenplay/Written By): Boaz Yakin
(Story): NA
(Music): Stewart Copeland
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dan Leigh
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Dorian Harris
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lila Cazès
(Co-Producers): Chrisann Verges
(Producers): Lawrence Bender & Randy Ostrow

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): Dolby Stereo A
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Fresh is a somber coming of age story about a resourceful young boy who growing weary of his drug-infested Brooklyn neighborhood unleashes a plot to outdo local drug dealers. Newcomer Sean Nelson gives a stand-out performance in the role of Fresh, a smart streetwise kid who is drifting into a life of crime and thus alienating his family, his grandmother and aunt with whom he lives in an overcrowded apartment and is unemployed alcoholic father (Samuel L. Jackson). Fresh takes bold steps when the little girl he likes at school is accidentally shot dead in the playground and his junkie sister takes up with a respected drug dealer, and hatches a ruthless scheme which pits dealers and rival gangs against each other.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Colors are vivid and hyped for a look that is eye-popping. Color fidelity, contrast and shadow detail are rendered well, but fleshtones are slightly oversaturated. The picture is sharp and detailed with deep solid blacks and no apparent artifacts, grain or noise for a satisfying experience.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack has subtle surround envelopment in some scenes with a terrific music score that is dynamic. Otherwise, the norm is mono for this movie.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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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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