WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Ralston, Ricco Ross, Cynthia Scott

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 8761-85
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$59.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 138
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1986
(LD Release Date): 11/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): James Cameron
(Screenplay/Written By): James Cameron
(Story): James Cameron, David Giler & Walter Hill
(Music): James Horner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James Horner
(Visual Effects): The L.A. Effects Group
(Costume Designer): Ellen Porteous
(Editor): Arthur Schmidt & Harry Keramidas
(Supervising Sound Editors): Don Sharpe
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Gordon Carroll, David Giler & Walter Hill
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gale Anne Hurd

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 Digital
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
With this James Cameron-directed Aliens epic, we are taken back to the creepy world of Ellen Ripley (Weaver), the only survivor from mankind’s first encounter with the Alien. This time she must face both the monstrous Alien as well as inept military men.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits sharp and detailed images, with natural fleshtones, although some noise is apparent in the darker scenes. The picture is improved over the previously issued LaserDisc.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete soundtrack delivers a full scale aggressively holosonic soundfield experience when all the channels are fully engaged. The discrete soundtrack is not dramatically improved over the matrix. At times, however, the sound is limited to three-channel stereo with no surround signal, and dialogue is sometimes wanting in spatial integration and naturalness. Otherwise, this is a thrilling sonic experience with extended and powerful bass enhanced with aggressive and system challenging .1 LFE. The orchestral music scoring is hauntingly beautiful and features a wonderfully spatial soundstage presence that images wide and deep. This soundtrack will not disappoint in its delivery of a sonic nightmarish experience.
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(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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