WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 30 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 0896784
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 1/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jan De Bont
(Screenplay/Written By): Graham Yost
(Music): Mark Mancina
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jackson De Govia
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John Wright, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ian Bryce
(Co-Producers): Allison Lyon
(Producers): Mark Gordon

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Speed is the action suspense thriller about a crazed and vindictive extortionist (Dennis Hopper) who has rigged a city bus to blow if the bus slows to below 55 miles per hour. Keanu Reeves plays a fearless SWAT team specialist who, teaming up with a passenger (Sandra Bullock) who takes the wheel, risks all to get aboard the rigged vehicle to prevent a major catastrophe.

LaserDisc Picture:

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): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(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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DVD To LaserDisc Comparison:
The non-anamorphic widescreen DVD has been sourced from a composite digital master and exhibits noticeable aliasing artifacts and moiré. These artifacts are more pronounced than those apparent the new DTS LaserDisc and on the previous composite LaserDiscs reviewed in Issues 12 and 24. Otherwise picture quality is about the same with slight improvement in color resolution and fidelity. There is slight chroma noise apparent but less than on the LaserDiscs and some artifacts, but otherwise the picture is sure to please. The DVD is framed at 2.30:1, while the LaserDisc is 2.32:1. The Dolby® Digital credited 5.1 discrete soundtrack is actually the same 5.0 discrete Dolby Digital soundtrack as the previous Laser Disc. While low level ambient sounds are not audible on the Dolby Digital, though reproduced on the matrix PCM and DTS® Digital Surround version, the soundtrack is nicely produced with an aggressive split surround presence that effectively complements the stereo sound effects. The music score is dynamic and well recorded with deep bass response. The DTS Digital Surround version has superb clarity and dynamics as well. There are some really terrific sounding scenes throughout, though the .1 LFE channel is not used for added deep bass emphasis on either discrete version.