WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Fisher Stevens, Lorraine Bracco

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML105190
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 2/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Iain Softley
(Screenplay/Written By): Rafael Moreu
(Story): NA
(Music): Simon Boswell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Beard
(Visual Effects): Research Arts, The Magic Camera Company & GSE
(Costume Designer): Roger Burton
(Editor): Christopher Blunden
(Supervising Sound Editors): Glenn Freemantle
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Iain Softley
(Co-Producers): Janet Graham
(Producers): Michael Peyser & Ralph Winter

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Hackers is a high-tech, fast-paced thriller about a young computer hacker (Jonny Lee Miller) and a group of teenage computer whizzes whose pranks tap them into a high-tech embezzling scheme masked by a virus that could cause a horrific environmental disaster.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® 2.35:1 picture is sharp and detailed and exhibits excellent contrast and shadow detail. Colors are vivid with natural fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. The picture has virtually no noise, but some minor artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
An aggressive surround with deep bass extension is complemented with scene defining frontal soundstage enhancements provided by directional off screen dialogue and sound effects, and an enveloping music score.
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(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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