WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

No Way Out

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton & Howard Duff

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3103OR
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1987
(LD Release Date): 1/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Roger Donaldson
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Garland
(Story): Robert Garland
(Music): Maurice Jarre
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dennis Washington
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Neil Travis, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mace Neufeld
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Laura Ziskin & Robert Garland

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
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Lt. Commander Tom Farrell (Costner) finds there may be No Way Out of a complex murder case to which he is assigned in this intriguing story based on the book “The Big Clock” by Kenneth Fearing. The story develops into a perplexing web of romantic intrigue and political corruption when a passionate romance blooms between Farrell and Susan Atwell (Young), who also turns out to be the mistress of Farrell’s boss, Secretary of Defense David Brice (Hackman). When Susan is murdered, Farrell suspects there may be a cover-up by the Pentagon.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture is sharp and detailed with excellent contrast, accurate fleshtones and colors that are vivid with deep blacks. Some slight noise is apparent in the darker scenes, but there are no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is slightly veiled and wanting in clarity, however the music score provides subtle surround envelopment aided by the occasional sound effect. Dialogue is muffled with poor intelligibility.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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