WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 30 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Meg Foster, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM/UA Home Video
(Catalog Number): 907044
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $24.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1989
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): George P. Cosmatos
(Screenplay/Written By): David Peoples & Jeb Stuart
(Story): David Peoples
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ron Cobb
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Roberto Silvi & John F. Burnett, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lawrence Gordon & Charles Gordon
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Luigi & Aurelio De Laurentiis

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): J-D-C Scope
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.181

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The crew of a deep sea mining rig discover Leviathan, a long-sunken Russian freighter. After some of the crew develop a mysterious rash that ultimately kills them, the survivors learn that the sunken ship was home to genetic experiments gone horribly awry.

LaserDisc Picture:
While pleasing, the deep underwater scenes appear almost greenish-black. Inside the underwater mining station, colors are saturated with a yellow hue but are otherwise nicely balanced. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered contrast and shadow delineation. There is only minor noise occasionally apparent, as well as minor artifacts. The LaserDisc is framed at 2.18:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The matrix Dolby® Surround audio delivers a deep bottom-end. At times there is a very satisfying aggressive surround presence, but often the sound is monaural directed in the ship’s interior scenes. Bass extension and impact are at times effectively atmospheric. Dialogue often sounds natural and spatially integrated. The music score is nicely presented and expansive.
(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 Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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