WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD15191-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1986
(LD Release Date): 2/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): David Anspaugh
(Screenplay/Written By): Angelo Pizzo
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Nichols
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Jane Anderson
(Editor): C. Timothy O’Meara
(Supervising Sound Editors): Bill Phillips
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): John Daly & Derek Gibson
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Carter De Haven & Angelo Pizzo

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:
This stand-up-and-cheer film takes place in 1951 Hickory, Indiana, a place that takes its basketball as seriously as its religion. Norman Dale (Hackman), a once hailed, now-failed star college basketball coach, takes up the unenviable task of coaching Hickory High’s team. Dale has not been on the court in twelve years and has to fight off the town’s ridicule because of his age and coaching methods, but believes in the six players he started out with. And on the night of the vote to drop or keep him, the small team becomes one of the strongest and most amazing in the heartland.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is natural in appearance with vivid colors, slightly orange fleshtones, and deep balcks. Shadow delineation is nicely rendered. Slight noise is apparent throughout, but there are no distracting artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield):
(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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