WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Arrival, The
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Teri Polo, Ron Silver

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Pioneer Special Editions
(Catalog Number): PSE97-101
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 4/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): David Twohy
(Screenplay/Written By): David Twohy
(Story): NA
(Music): Arthur Kempel
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Novotny
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Martin Hunter
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ted Field & Robert W. Cort
(Co-Producers): Cyrus Yavneh
(Producers): Thomas G. Smith & Jim Steele

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Sheen stars as Zane Zaminsky, a radio astronomer for NASA’s extraterrestrial listening program, who stumbles across a transmission from a distant star. When he turns the tape over to his boss (Silver), he is suspiciously fired. In his search for the truth, Zane comes across a mysterious power plant generating more than just electricity—and run by people who are not what they appear.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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