WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, Alfred Molina, Alicia Silverstone.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 73466
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 9/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Brett Leonard
(Screenplay/Written By): Andew Kevin Walker & Neal Jimenez
(Story): NA
(Music): Trevor Jones
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Bolton
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(Editor): B.J. Sears
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jerry Baerwitz, Agatha Hanczakowski & Gimel Everett

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): SDDS (8) Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Hideaway is based on a novel by best seller Dean R. Koontz. A stylishly directed and chaotic mix of thriller, mystery and super natural phenomena, Hideaway boasts an array of exhilarating special effects and pulse-pounding action. The story is about Hatch Harrison (Jeff Goldblum), a man miraculously re-vived after being officially pronounced dead following an auto accident. His brush with death leaves him with telepathic powers. After a series of horrifying visions, he discovers he is somehow linked to a deranged Satanic killer. In horrified visions Hatch witnesses the killer as he stalks a series of young women. Through his visions, Hatch is able to track down the killer to a gruesome hideaway and learns of more personal horrors—the killer has his daughter.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture is perfectly framed and the imagery is sharp and detailed. The use of psychedelic visuals is striking. Colors are vivid with natural fleshtones. Blacks are deep and shadow detail is excellent with slight noise in the darker scenes, but no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack delivers great stereo and surround effects that are aggressively enveloping with deep bass and natural dialogue.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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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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