WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13365
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 129
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ron Shelton
(Screenplay/Written By): Ron Shelton
(Story): NA
(Music): Elliot Goldenthal
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Armin Ganz & Scott T. Ritenour
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Paul Seydor & Kimberly Ray
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Arnon Milchan
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): David Lester

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.45:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Cobb, based on the book Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump, is the story of the bigger-than-life legendary Georgia Peach, “the most hated man in baseball,” Ty Cobb, brilliantly played by Tommy Lee Jones. The movie, told by sportswriter Al Stump (Robert Wuhl), portrays Cobb as a cantankerous old man who attacks life as he once attacked the game. As they travel together Stump helps Cobb write his autobiography while dodging his drunkenly aimed bullets and withering verbal assaults, and learns not only of his greatness as a player but of his egomania, bigotry, rage and basic contempt for all of mankind. The early years show Cobb as a crowd-jeering, aggressive base-stealing outfielder who changed the style of baseball forever, shifting later to the 1961 Baseball Hall of Fame banquet in which Cobb finally reveals a glimpse of his complex character.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® scope picture has been recomposed at 2.45:1. Flestones are inconsistent, but otherwise the picture is sharp and detailed, and natural in appearance. While noise and grain are virtually undetectable, some minor artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is conventional movie stereo with the music providing envelopment.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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