WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bite The Bullet

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent, Robert Donner & Jean Willes

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 10436
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 131
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1975
(LD Release Date): 6/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Brooks
(Screenplay/Written By): Richard Brooks
(Story): NA
(Music): Alex North
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Robert Boyle
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(Editor): George Grenville, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): NA

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.16:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bite The Bullet was written and directed by Richard Brooks. It is about the people involved in a 700 mile endurance horse race. This type of racing was very popular between 1880 and 1910 with contests ranging in distances of 650-1200 miles. The story is based on an actual event sponsored by the The Denver Post; a 700 mile race from Evanston, Wyoming to Denver, Colorado. The race is re-created in the film on locations in Nevada’s Valley Of Fire, Colorado and Alamagordo and Taos, New Mexico, and the all-star cast makes this an exciting adventure.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® scope frame has been dramatically recomposed at 2.16:1. The picture depicts a natural western look with vivid colors, but fleshtones are inconsistent. Some scenes are superb and others are wanting due to noise, grain and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished mono.
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