WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 7819 CS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $44.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 7/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Frank Marshall
(Screenplay/Written By): John Patrick Shanley
(Story): NA
(Music): James Newton Howard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Reynolds
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(Editor): Michael Kahn, ACE & William Goldenberg
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Bruce Cohen
(Producers): Robert Watts & Kathleen Kennedy

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Sixteen Uruguayan rugby players who survived a plane crash and the 72 treacherous days thereafter, stranded high up in the wintry desolate Andes Mountains, where they partially ate their dead friends and relatives. Based on the book by Piers Paul Read, Alive depicts the shocking plane crash and the horrors of survival as the ordinary young men find the courage to endure each day with hope, witnessing the deterioration of their friends and family, yet determined to defy the odds.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.82:1 picture is incredibly natural with spectacular photography that effectively attunes us to the perilous real life situation.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The new Dolby® Digital soundtrack is essentially the matrix PCM version in a data reduced format. The dialogue is natural and spatially integrated, and a wonderfully recorded and dynamic orchestral score provides subtle surround envelopment. Sound effects are occasionally aggressive in the surrounds, but mostly this is a conventional soundtrack with a mono focus and limited bass extension, except for the crash and avalanche scenes.
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