WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Usual Suspects, The

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Spacey, Suzy Amis, Benicio Del Toro

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PolyGram Video
(Catalog Number): 704
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bryan Singer
(Screenplay/Written By): Christopher McQuarrie
(Story): NA
(Music): John Ottman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Howard Cummings
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Louise Mingenbach
(Editor): John Ottman
(Supervising Sound Editors): Chuck Michael
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Robert Jones, Hans Brockmann, François Duplat & Art Horan
(Co-Producers): Kenneth Kokin
(Producers): Bryan Singer & Michael McDonnell

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A crippled suspect, known as “Verbal” Kint (Spacey in his Academy Award®-winning role for Best Supporting Actor), reveals the story in an interrogation following a San Pedro Pier massacre, ending with 29 dead and $91 million missing. Verbal tells how he, along with an ex-cop and three other career criminals were chosen by a mysterious, omnipotent crime baron known as Keyser Soze, to intercept a huge drug shipment resulting in the bloodbath. The mystery: Who is Keyser Soze?

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.32:1 picture is superb in image quality with just the slightest noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is wonderful with both subtle and aggressive surround, deep bass extension, and a terrific music score.
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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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