WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Broken Arrow
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo, Frank Whaley, Bob Gunton & Howie Long

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 896385
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 7/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): John Woo
(Screenplay/Written By): Graham Yost
(Story): NA
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Holger Gross
(Visual Effects): The Chandler Group Visual Effects, Pacific Ocean Post Digital Film, Cinesite , Pacific Title Digital, Pacific Data Images, The Digital Film Group At The Post Group, OCS/Freeze Frame/Pizel Magic, Metrolight Studios, Matte World Digital & Optical Illusions, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Mary Malin & Melissa Berry
(Editor): John Wright, ACE; Steven Mirkovich, ACE & Joe Hutshing
(Supervising Sound Editors): George Watters II
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Christopher Godsick & Dwight Little
(Co-Producers): Allison Lyon Segan
(Producers): Terence Chang, Mark Gordon & Bill Badalato

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 Digital
(Theatrical Sound): DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When a top-secret B-3 Stealth Bomber, carrying two live nuclear missiles, crashes in the Utah desert, the Air Force moves in to recover their Broken Arrows—military code for a missing nuclear weapon. But the situation quickly escalates as they discover that one of the pilots (Travolta & Slater) is involved in a deadly extortion plot using the weapons and the other is trying to recover them. Lots of high-flying action.

LaserDisc Picture:
The THX®-mastered picture is framed at 2.32:1. While overall the picture elements are excellent, fleshtones appear slightly orangish in hue and colors are slightly oversaturated for an exaggerated rendering. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent shadow detail and deep blacks but there is slight noise throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is exceptionally spacious and the aggressive use of directionalized discrete surrounds create a dimensional holophonic experience with coherent integration. Nothing is distracting and bass extension is deep and powerful, with explosive moments and blasts that you feel in your gut. This is one soundtrack that demands 20Hz bass capability at the principal loudspeaker positions, making for a strenuous system workout. Dialogue is mostly ADR-recorded but has been well produced.The ProLogic® version, while also superb, has a less wider and deeper soundstage and less precise directional imaging.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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