WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cool Hand Luke

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Robert Drivas, Lou Antonio, Strother Martin, Jo Van Fleet

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 14300
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1967
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Stuart Roseburg
(Screenplay/Written By): Donn Pearce & Frank R. Pierson
(Story): NA
(Music): Lalo Schifrin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gary O’Dell
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Howard Shoup
(Editor): Sam O’Steen
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gordon Carroll

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.42:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Sentenced to a chain gang for violating city property, Luke (Newman) is a loner who can’t conform to the rules of his captivity. The other prisoners named him for his “cool poker hand.” But Luke’s indifference cannot save him from the system he despises—or the Captain (Martin) of the prison. Kennedy stars in his Academy Award®-winning role as Dragline, a man who stands by Luke on the sultry roads and in the prison. The film’s authenticity is credited to co-writer Donn Pearce, who spent two years of his own life on a chain gang.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.42:1 picture is sharp and detailed with rich colors, natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Aside from slight noise and minor artifacts, the image quality is sure to please.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural.
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