WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Arnold Schwarzennegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Vernon Wells, Dan Hedaya, James Olson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 148485
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1985
(LD Release Date): 2/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Mark L. Lester
(Screenplay/Written By): Steven E. deSouza
(Story): Joseph Loeb, III; Matthew Weisman & Steven E. deSouza
(Music): James Horner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Vallone
(Visual Effects): The L.A. Effects Group
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Mark Goldblatt, John F. Link & Glenn Farr
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Joel Silver

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 Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the non-stop, action-packed Commando as John Matrix, a retured Army special forces colonel who now leads a normal life with his 11-year-old daughter, Jenny (Alyssa Milano). When members of his former elite strike force suddenly start turning up dead, his ex-commander warns him that he may be the target. They kidnap Jenny and promise her safe return if he helps a deposed dictator Arius (Hedaya) regain his blood-soaked crown. If he refuses, Arius will send his daughter back—in pieces.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 matted picture is sharp and detailed with excellent color fidelity that is warm and natural. The picture is solid with the slightest noise in dark scenes but no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has an aggressiv surround presence in the action scenes, punctuated with deep bass and directional sound effects. However, other scenes fall short and collapse to mono.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
(Center Back Surround Imaging):
(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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