WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Forces Of Nature

Reviewed In Issue 38 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck, Maura Tierney, Steve Zahn, Blythe Danner & Ronny Cox

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID5918DW
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1999
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bronwen Hughes
(Screenplay/Written By): Marc Lawrence
(Story): NA
(Music): John Powell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lester Cohen
(Visual Effects): Pacific Data Images
(Costume Designer): Donna Zakowska
(Editor): Craig Wood
(Supervising Sound Editors): David Hankins
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Susan Arnold, Donna Arkoff Roth & Ian Bryce

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Two days before his wedding, Ben Holmes (Affleck) finds himself in New York after a plane crash, with no way to get to Savannah and his nervous fiancee. That is, until he hooks up with free spirit Sarah Lewis (Bullock), who takes him on a wild adventure hitching rides with strangers, altercations with the police and crazy schemes to reach their destinations. Eventually, Ben has to contend with just how strong the Forces Of Nature can be.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.82:1 LaserDisc exhibits a pleasing picture. Images are sharp and colors are stylized, but hues appear smeared and wanting in clarity. Minor noise is apparent. Still, the LaserDisc is generally pleasing throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel discrete soundtrack delivers a generally effective holosonic soundfield that is consistently multidimensional and spacious, even during quiescent moments. Strangely, there is very little or no utilization of the .1 LFE. The matrix Dolby Surround PCM audio is rather similar to the discrete, with the latter having slightly deeper bass rumble, but the matrix having a bit more activity in the surrounds.
(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): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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