WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

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Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11616
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 2/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Irwin Winkler
(Screenplay/Written By): John Brancato & Michael Ferris
(Story): NA
(Music): Mark Isham
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dennis Washington
(Visual Effects): Sony Pictures Imageworks
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Richard Hasley, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Michael O’Farrell
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Irwin Winkler & Rob Cowan

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): SDDS (8) Digital
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bullock stars as Angela Bennett, a top analyst and well paid computer freelancer who is happy with her sheltered, somewhat lonely routine. After Angela conducts a preliminary analysis of a puzzling “beta” prototype of a new internet program that strangely allows user access to Federal top secret databases; she becomes a target when her keys, passport, and all identification papers are stolen. Angela learns that someone has altered every record of her life, and they have given her a suspicious new name, identity and a falsified police record.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is sharp and detailed, but fleshtones are inconsistent. Colors are vivid, but fidelity is poor. The picture exhibits virtually no artifacts, but slight noise is apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack fidelity is veiled, with poor dialogue character. The music score is dynamic, and provides deep bass extension and subtle surround envelopment.
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