WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Assignment, The

Reviewed In Issue 29 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley, Liliana Komorowska & Celine Bonnier

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 28356
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 119
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Christian Duguay
(Screenplay/Written By): Dan Gordon & Sabi H. Shabtai
(Story): NA
(Music): Normand Corbeil
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Joy
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Yves Langlois
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): David Saunders & Joseph Cohen
(Co-Producers): Stefan Wodoslavsky
(Producers): Tom Berry & Franco Battista

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Assignment is a smart and absorbing suspense thriller that features Donald Sutherland as CIA agent Jack Shaw, who has been tracking international assassin Carlos “The Jackal” Sanchez (Aidan Quinn) for decades. When Shaw meets Annibal Ramirez (Quinn in a dual role), an upstanding American naval officer who is Carlos’ dead ringer, Shaw realizes he could use Annibal to help trap the Jackal. All he has to do is transform the family man into a vicious terrorist. With the help of his Israeli Intelligence counterpart (Ben Kingsley), Shaw trains Ramirez to impersonate Carlos through physical and psychological excercises and draws the real killer out of hiding.

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