WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sylvester Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya, Joy O. Sanders, Karen Young, Claire Bloom, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Barry Newman & Stan Shaw

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 43206
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $99.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 5/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Rob Cohen
(Screenplay/Written By): Leslie Bohem
(Story): NA
(Music): Randy Edelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Benjamin Fernandez
(Visual Effects): Industrial Light and Magic
(Costume Designer): Thomas Casterline & Isis Mussender
(Editor): Peter Amundson
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard L. Anderson, MPSE & David A. Whittaker, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Raffaella De Laurentis
(Co-Producers): Hester Hargett
(Producers): John Davis, Joseph M. Singer & David T. Friendly

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Daylight, an explosion rips through a jammed commuter tunnel beneath the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey, sealing off both ends and trapping a diverse band of survivors inside. Kit Latura (Sylvester Stallone), the disgraced former head of Emergency Medical Services, races against time to lead them out to daylight.

LaserDisc Picture:
The superbly rendered 1.85:1 THX®-quality assured picture exhibits natural color fidelity with accurate fleshtones and deep solid blacks. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent shadow delineation and contrast. The slightest noise is occasionally apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack delivers sledge-hammer impact with intense deep bass response below 25Hz that is powerfully dynamic in both the Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete and PCM matrix versions. The .1 LFE channel heightens the visceral impact, so much that WARNING! alerts should have accompanied this soundtrack due to the immense danger of harming electronics and loudspeakers. For sheer impact, there hasn’t been a soundtrack reviewed in this publication that has had a stronger deep bass presence! Dialogue is generally natural, although sometimes ADR, with the discrete dialogue sometimes out-of-sync. The music score is well recorded and dynamic.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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