WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff & Howard Vernon

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1426L-274
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $$49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1965
(LD Release Date): 8/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jean-Luc Godard
(Screenplay/Written By): Jean-Luc Godard
(Story): NA
(Music): Paul Misraki
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
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(Editor): Agnes Guillemot
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Andre Michelin

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.58:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dubbed the most unconventional film of all time, offers unusual content and tone shifts in a special effect-less battle between private eyes and computer controlled villains. Eddie Constantine stars as intergalactic hero Lemmy Caution, on a mission to kill the inventor of the fascist computer Alpha 60 that controls a society of villains at war with artists, thinkers, and lovers. The theme is imagination versus logic, with no special effects to embellish the images of impersonality.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.58:1 black-and-white picture was transferred from a 35mm fine grain master made from the original negative. The picture exhibits poor gray scale quality, as well as poor contrast and shadow detail. Blacks are just dark gray, and sharpness is absent for a poor presentation. Noise and artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished mono.
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