WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Crimson Tide
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza, Viggo Mortensen, James Gandolfini & Matt Craven

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 5255 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $44.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(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): Tony Scott
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Schiffer & Richard P. Henrick
(Story): Michael Schiffer
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael White
(Visual Effects): Dream Quest Images
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Chris Lebenzon
(Supervising Sound Editors): George Watters II
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Bill Unger, Lucas Foster & Mike Moder
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Don Simpson & Jerry Bruckheimer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Captain Frank Ramsey (Hackman), a hard-nosed veteran and brilliant new Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter (Washington) are two of the crew on the submarine USS Alabama, sent to monitor Russian waters. When they receive unconfirmed orders to launch the sub’s nuclear missiles, Ramsey and Hunter battle each other on the validity of such orders. The fate of the world is in their hands and a nuclear war is one man away from beginning.

LaserDisc Picture:
he gorgeous THX® digitallyt mastered transfer is framed at 2.35:1. Colors are vivid withnatural fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. Contrast is excellent and the picture is sharp and detailed with no apparent noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack on both the Dolby® Surround and Dolby Digital AC-3®-encoded versions puts forth an extremely deep and powerful bass response below 25Hz, even in the surrounds, and the surround ambience envelopment is aggressive. One of the noticeable differences between the two versions is in Chapter 6’s rain storm. The discrete 5.1-channel presentation makes you feel you’re really in a downpour, while the matrix distances you somewhat from that experience. The discrete provides a greater sense of inner definition and localized sound effects for a more spacious and involving experience. Both versions, however, are sure to please with full-throttle deep bass tension.
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