WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42400
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1969
(LD Release Date): 5/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Parrish
(Screenplay/Written By): Gerry & Sylvia Anderson & Donald James
(Story): Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
(Music): Barry Gray
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bob Bell
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Len Walter
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gerry & Sylvia Anderson

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Could there be a mirror-image duplicate of the Earth, orbiting on the Earth’s axis but on the other side of the Sun where we could never see it, complete with “twins” of everyone on our planet? That’s the premise of Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun. Not unlike an episode of The Outer Limits, this sci-fi adventure is staged for tense suspense. Determined to find out what this new world is like, the Western nations of Earth set up an expedition headed by two former astronauts to reach the new planet. But three weeks earlier in their voyage, their spaceship crash lands on a planet, but which one, earth or some strange mirror-image world where they must prove who they really are or die trying?

LaserDisc Picture:
While the film was shot at the old Hammer Studio in England the picture has been matted at 1.85:1 for this release. Color fidelity is good with natural fleshtones, deep blacks and vivid colors, at least in some scenes. The overall natural appearance has some slight grain and noise, and images are over enhanced in some scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished mono.
(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
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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