WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 17058
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1985
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Kevin Reynolds
(Screenplay/Written By): Kevin Reynolds
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Peter Lansdown Smith
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Arthur Schmidt
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Frank Marshall & Kathleen Kennedy
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Tim Zimmermann

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is wanting in sharpness and detail, often appearing overly soft, with little background detail. Interior scenes are plugged-up and wanting in clarity. Hues appear dated, and inconsistent, with sometimes orange-hued fleshtones and lacking definition. Contrast and shadow delineation are mediocre, as is the overall visual experience at best. Noise and artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround soundtrack is conventional movie sound that is restricted in dynamic range and spatial dimension. Surround envelopment is pretty much limited to the music score, which sounds veiled and compressed. Dialogue sounds generally natural with good spatial integration. Overall, this is a dated surround mix that doesn’t quite get energized, but is serviceable.
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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