WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Event Horizon
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 29 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Lawrence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs & Sean Pertwee

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV334823-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Paul Anderson
(Screenplay/Written By): Philip Eisner
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Joseph Bennett
(Visual Effects): Cinesite LTD & The Computer Film Company
(Costume Designer): John Mollo
(Editor): Martin Hunter
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Nick Gillorr
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin & Jeremy Bolt

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby 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:
Blood and gore abound in Event Horizon, a science fiction horror film that features Laurence Fishburne as Capt. Miller, the leader of an elite mission to find the Event Horizon—a pioneering research vessel that mysteriously vanished in 2040, seven years earlier. With the lost ship’s darkly mysterious designer (Sam Neill) and a crew of technicians, Miller learns that the Event Horizon has slipped through a hole in the solar system and has entered a dimension of sheer terror—and is now inhabited by a horrific life force of its own.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, taking place mostly on a dark spaceship, exhibits excellent quality with superb shadow detail and contrast. Color fidelity is superb, with natural fleshtones, rich and vibrant colors and deep, pure blacks. Considering the film was created entirely on sets, the picture conveys convincing textures throughout with excellent clarity and sharp and detailed images. There are no distracting artifacts or noise for an exemplary horrific experience. The picture is framed at 2.32:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Although the Dolby® Digital 5.1 soundtrack sometimes delivers effective and exciting split surround effects and deep and powerful .1 low frequency effects, the matrix PCM Dolby Surround soundtrack is the overall preferred experience. The matrix version is far more open and natural sounding with excellent low level spatial soundfield envelopment. While both versions deliver aggressive surround, the matrix is consistent in delineating spacious envelopment. Bass extension is excellent and system challenging to below 25Hz, on both versions, even in the surround channel of the matrix version. Dialogue sounds natural on the matrix version, but processed and dry on the discrete. The music score is nicely recorded but overall the entire Dolby Digital soundtrack sounds to be equalized. Disengaging re-EQ helps, but the matrix PCM still delivers superior fidelity.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(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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