WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

In The Mouth Of Madness

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover, Bernie Casey, Peter Jason & Charlton Heston

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2680LI
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(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): John Carpenter
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael De Luca
(Story): NA
(Music): John Carpenter & Jim Lang
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jeff Steven Ginn
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(Editor): Edward A. Warschika
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(Executive Producers): Michael De Luca
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Sandy King

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): DTS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In The Mouth Of Madness is John Carpenter’s tribute to the classic stories of H.P. Lovecraft. This is a nightmarish tale about an investigator (Sam Neill), hired by a book publisher to track down best-selling author, Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow), whose newest novel is literally driving its readers insane. Drawn to a town that only exists in Cane’s book, the investigator crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a horrifying world from whence there is no escape.

LaserDisc Picture:
The perfectly framed 2.35:1 Panavision® picture is sharp and detailed. Fleshtones are natural and contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and excellent shadow detail. A slight veil of grain and noise permeates some of the darker scenes, but there are no distracting artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
This is the ninth Dolby AC-3® Surround LaserDisc soundtrack and it is exceptionally dynamic with deep and powerful bass extension down to below 25 Hz! It was produced theatrically exclusively in the DTS Digital format. While the matrix Dolby Surround® version is just as aggressively enveloping (often conveying more openness), the discrete mix has a wider, better defined stereo image. The stereo surrounds when used are far more effective as well. For instance, in Chapter 10 “On The Road To Hobb’s End” one is put in the car hearing the sounds of passing effects and the wooden planks of an old tunnel-bridge on either side in the surrounds. This is but a blur in the matrix version. In the scene “Back To The Church” the walls enclose in around you and you can localize along the side walls the discrete sounds of growling creatures pushing in on the walls. When used effectively the discrete 5.1 palette can pack a wallop of suspendible beliefs as is done here.
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
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