WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Johnny Mnemonic
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 73476
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 12/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Longo
(Screenplay/Written By): William Gibson
(Story): NA
(Music): Brad Fiedel
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Nilo Rodis Jamero
(Visual Effects): Fantasy II Film Effects
(Costume Designer): Olga Dimitrov
(Editor): Ronald Sanders
(Supervising Sound Editors): Patrick Dodd
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Staffan Ahrenberg, B.J. Rack, Victoria Hamburg & Robert Lantos
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Don Carmody

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8) Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Johnny (Reeves) is a computer data courier who is tired of his lonely job transporting information with his mind. He had sacrificed his childhood memories to make room for a brain implant of high-tech computer chips. After uploading a top-secret program Johnny is put on the run by a powerful crime syndicate who wants what’s in his head. Johnny must find a way to download the data before a syndicate killer squad gets to him or the data causes him to suffer a total meltdown.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.82:1 picture exhibits variable quality, particularly in sharpness and detail, and fleshtones that are not accurate. However, colors are vivid, and blacks are deep and solid. Shadow delineation is excellent, but there is slight noise noticed in the darker scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is extremely spacious with aggressive surrounds, deep and powerful bass below 25Hz, and superb stereo spatial effects. The music is terrific and the dialogue, natural.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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