WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bad Company

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ellen Barkin, Laurence Fishburne, Frank Langella, Michael Beach, Gia Carides, David Ogden Stiers & Daniel Hugh Kelly

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 2757 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Damian Harris
(Screenplay/Written By): Ross Thomas
(Story): NA
(Music): Carter Burwell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Andrew McAlpine
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(Editor): Stuart Pappé
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Norman Jewison, Cary Woods, Robert N. Fried, Amedeo Ursini & Jeffrey Chernov

DVD Picture Information
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(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
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bad Company is a spy thriller full of double-crosses, twists and intrigue. Laurence Fishburne stars as the former CIA agent Nelson Crowe and Ellen Barkin as Margaret Wells, a master spy and manipulator. They meet when Crowe takes a job with the top-secret industrial espionage firm, The Grimes Organization. The business of the day is corruption, blackmail, intimidation and bribery and Nelson’s first contract is to buy off a judge in a case involving disabled children. Margaret uses her charms on Nelson to help kill her boss and plot a hostile take-over of the firm which they take for themselves. But all is not well, because the now-deceased judge’s girl friend, a witness to the crime, has disappeared.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® scope 2.35:1 picture exhibits rich and vivid colors, and blacks that are deep and solid. Shadow detail is excellent but for the slightest appearance of noise in the darker scenes. Artifacts are virtaully non-existent for a pleasing visual experience.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Subtle surround envelopment is developed for some scenes, otherwise the soundtrack is conventional monaural, but with excellent bass extension.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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