WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Lord of Illusions

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O’Connor, Famke Janssen, Daniel Von Bargen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML 105294
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Clive Barker
(Screenplay/Written By): Clive Barker
(Story): NA
(Music): Simon Boswell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stephen Hardie
(Visual Effects): Fantasy II Film Effects, FTS, EFX Inc., Area 51
(Costume Designer): Luke Reichle
(Editor): Alan Baumgarten
(Supervising Sound Editors): John A. Larsen &Lewis Goldstein
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Steve Golin & Sigurjon Sighvatsson
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): JoAnne Sellar &Clive Barker

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.90:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital Sound
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Lord Of Illusions is certain to please fans of the celebrated director Clive Barker, both in terms of presentation quality and content. Scott Bakula stars as a private detective who stumbles upon a supernatural mystery involving the legendary illusionist Philip Swann (Kevin J. O’Connor), who was presumably killed while performing, and the diabolical force behind Swann’s magical powers.

LaserDisc Picture:
Masterful visual effects and vivid colors are stunning supports for the 1.90:1 matted picture. Color fidelity is excellent, with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. There are some inconsistencies in sharpness. There is slight noise throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital AC-3® soundtrack is thrilling, dynamic and enveloping, but not dramatically better than the matrix version.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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