WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Gator/White Lightning
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 29 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Lauren Hutton, Jerry Reed, Alice Ghostley & Mike Douglas

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ML104708
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $59.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1978
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Burt Reynolds
(Screenplay/Written By): William Norton
(Story): NA
(Music): Charles Bernstein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Kirk Axtell
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Harold F. Kress, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jules V. Levy & Arthur Gardner

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Todd-AO
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Burt Reynolds returns as the smooth-talkin’ Gator McKlusky in Gator, the high-octane sequel to his hit White Lightning. Gator is causin’ trouble again as he leads state troopers and federal revenue agents on a hair-raising boat chase through the Georgia backwater. What he doesn’t know is that they want him to go undercover to expose Bama McCall (Jerry Reed), his boyhood pal who is now a local crime boss involved in extortion, prostitution—and murder. And when these friends turn into deadly enemies, Gator turns into a super-charged adventure filled with double-barrel action.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, like its prequel, looks dated with inconsistencies, but colors are more fully saturated and more natural looking throughout. Images are generally sharp and detailed, but are sometimes wanting in clarity and appearing overly soft. Often exterior scenes look hazy and overly bright, while interiors are plugged up with bleeding colors. Interior noise and minor artifacts are apparent. The picture is framed at 2.32:1

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that sounds compressed.
(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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