WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Laura Linney, Dylan Walsh, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, Tim Curry

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV 33038-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 11/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Frank Marshall
(Screenplay/Written By): John Patrick Shanley
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): J. Michael Riva
(Visual Effects): Industrial Light & Magic
(Costume Designer): Marilyn Matthews
(Editor): Anne V. Coates, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Wylie Stateman & Gregg Baxter
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Frank Yablans
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Kathleen Kennedy & Sam Mercer

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): DTS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, Congo involves an expedition sent into the jungles of Africa to discover the cause of the violent end of a prior expedition that sought to find a lost diamond mine. Dr. Karen Ross (Linney), former CIA agent and scientist, joins a team that is entering the jungle to return Amy the gorilla to her native habitat. Amy had been used in a study researching primate communication and she can actually talk using a special device that translates her sign language into speech. Mysterious treasure hunter Herkermer Homolka joins in believing Amy is the key to discovery of the lost city of Zinj and the diamonds.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is superb. The jungle sequences are quite natural in appearance and are wonderfully photographed. The picture is sharp and detailed with excellent contrast and color fidelity. Fleshtones are natural and colors are vivid. The 2.35:1 picture is solid, with virtually no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack on both the Dolby® Surround matrix and Dolby Digital AC-3® encoded versions are superb in their spatial envelopment. The discrete 5.1-channel version provides improved definition and slightly greater bass extension and power. Other than the occasional localized sound effect in the surrounds, the two versions are not dramatically different, and provide an effectively aggressive surround experience.
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