WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, Julianne Moore.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13987
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Donner
(Screenplay/Written By): Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski & Brian Helgeland
(Story): Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
(Music): Mark Mancina
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Tom Sanders
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Elizabeth McBride
(Editor): Richard Marks
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert G. Henderson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lauren Schuller-Donner & Dino De Laurentiis
(Co-Producers): Richard Soloman, Alexander Collett & Dan Cracchiolo
(Producers): Joel Silver, Bruce Evans, Rayold Gideon, Andrew Lazar & Jim Van Wyck

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 Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Robert Rath (Stallone) is a principled hitman—the best—but he’s tired and finally wants to call it quits. When one of his assignments is interrupted by a young and ruthless killer, Miguel Bain (Banderas), Rath takes on one last job—worth $2 million. But Bain is after the same target—Electra (Moore), a brilliant, cat-loving info-highway thief who Rath gets to first. Rath becomes a target himself due to Bain’s grand ambition to prove himself numero uno. Rath and Electra must piece together history to overcome their mutual predator.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.88:1 and is sharp and detailed with virtually no noise or artifacts. Images exhibit excellent color fidelity, natural fleshtones, vivid colors and deep, solid blacks. Contrast is excellent as is shadow detail.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is superb with deep bass natural thunder storm and effective directional effects with aggressive surround envelopment. Dialogue scenes and music score are well recorded.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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