WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Sudden Death

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Powers Boothe, Raymond J. Barry & Dorian Harewood

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42777
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 6/6/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Peter Hyams
(Screenplay/Written By): Gene Quintano
(Story): NA
(Music): John Debney
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Philip Harrison
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(Editor): Steven Kemper
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ash R. Shah, Sundip R. Shah, Anders P. Jensen & Sunil R. Shah
(Co-Producers): Richard Cohen, Jason Clark & Jack Frost Sanders
(Producers): Moshe Diamant & Howard Baldwin

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Sudden Death, what 17,000 rabid hockey fans don’t know is that someone is planning to blow the whole arena to bits. A father, Darren McCord (Jean-Claude Van Damme), brings his children, Emily and Tyler, to watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But when Emily is taken hostage by terrorists, her captor (Powers Boothe) demands delivery of a billion dollars from the U.S. Treasury by the game’s end. McCord frantically sets a plan in motion to rescue his daughter and abort the impending explosion before the final buzzer.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.35:1, is problematic with dark, blurred images, poor shadow detail, oversaturated colors and noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The DTS® Digital Surround Soundtrack projects a slightly wider soundstage and more dramatic presence with excellent .1 low frequency effects. Surround envelopment takes an added dimension through effective split surrounds. Bass response is deep and powerful, intensifying the dramatic impact. This is a nicely effective soundtrack, although dialogue is slightly brighter when compared to the PCM version.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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