WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Hunted, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Christopher Lambert, John Lone, Joan Chen.Christopher Lambert, John Lone, Joan Chen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42518
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 9/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): J. F. Lawton
(Screenplay/Written By): J. F. Lawton
(Story): NA
(Music): Motofumi Yamaguchi
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Phil Dagort
(Visual Effects): OCS/Freezeframe/ Pixelmagic
(Costume Designer): Rita Riggs
(Editor): Robert A. Ferretti, ACE & Eric Strand
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert Shoup, Gloria S. Borders
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): William Fay
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): John Davis & Gary W. Goldstein

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): DTS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Hunted is a visually captivating kaleidoscope of an action thriller from the creator of Under Siege. Christopher Lambert stars as Paul Racine, an American executive abroad in Japan. The movie is a general exploitation of both cultures toying with the exotic. Racine becomes the target of assassins, after he witnesses the decapitation of a beautiful woman (Joan Chen) whom he spent the evening with. Her killer is the legendary Kinjo (John Lone).

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture exhibits a naturally rich and vibrant color scheme, and natural fleshtones. The picture is sharp and detailed with excellent contrast and absence of noise, grain and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround soundtrack’s core is the dynamic music performed by Kodő. Throughout, the mood is set by the drum cadences of the Japanese group, to which the surround envelopment is limited. Otherwise the sound is a disappointment due to its monaural presence.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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