WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42440
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Sam Raimi
(Screenplay/Written By): Chuck Pfarrer, Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin & Joshua Goldin
(Story): Sam Raimi
(Music): Danny Elfman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Randy Ser
(Visual Effects): 4-Ward Productions, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Grania Preston
(Editor): Bud Smith & Scott Smith
(Supervising Sound Editors): Terry Rodman, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert Tapert

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Neeson plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a researcher on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin. Westlake’s laboratory is destroyed by a sadistic gang leader, Robert G. Durant (Drake). He becomes Darkman and begins to assume alternate identities, torn between his lust for revenge and his desire for a new life with his former girlfriend, Julie (McDormand). In the end, he rigs a deadly helicopter crash with Durant as his victim.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture is extremely sharp and detailed. Fleshtones are accurate and color fidelity and contrast are excellent. Blacks are deep and solid and shadow detail is superb. Some artifacts are apparent in some scenes, but nothing that detracts from an otherwise perfect picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack has wonderfully aggressive surround envelopment provided by excellent sound effects and a consistent subtle ambience provided by the music score. Dialogue is natural and well integrated and bass extension is deep.
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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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