WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Leading Man, The

Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jon Bon Jovi, Anna Galiena, Lambert Wilson, Thandie Newton

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID3997BM
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 11/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Duigan
(Screenplay/Written By): Virginia Duigan
(Music): Edward Shearmur
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Caroline Hanania
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Humphrey Dixon
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Julia Palau & Michael Ryan
(Producers): Bertin Ohlsson & Paul Raphael

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

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 Leading Man stars rocker Jon Bon Jovi as Robin Grange, a hot American screen actor who travels to London to act on stage in The Hit Man. Its playwright, Felix Webb (Lambert Wilson), is having an affair with leading lady Hilary Rule (Thandie Newton), so he conspires with Robin to seduce his wife (Anna Galiena) thus giving him the excuse to continue on with Hilary.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.66:1 picture is fully, if occasionally over saturated, with generally natural fleshtones, rich and warm colors and deep, solid blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed, with good shadow delineation and contrast. The picture is marred with noise throughout, making images often appear plugged-up and wanting in clarity. Some interior scenes exhibit inconsistent colors that appear yellowish, as opposed to other scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround-encoded soundtrack is often monaural focused due to a very conventional sound design. Occasional ambient effects and the music score make up the surround presence, which at times, is aggressively enveloping, especially toward the movie’s conclusion. Dialogue is at times strident. The music score is nicely recorded and wraps into the surround channel.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(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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