WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dead Presidents

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker, N’Bushe Wright.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4
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The Criterion edition features running commentary by the Hughes Bros. plus a high caliber supplemental section featuring storyboards, deleted scenes, trailers, promotional materials, and music videos.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 5263 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 6/1/96
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Credits Information
(Director): The Hughes Bros.
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Henry Brown
(Story): NA
(Music): Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes & Danny Elfman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Brisbin
(Visual Effects): R/Greenburg Associates & Buena Vista Imaging
(Costume Designer): Paul A. Simmons
(Editor): Dan Lebental
(Supervising Sound Editors): Steven D. Williams, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Darryl Porter
(Co-Producers): Michael Bennett
(Producers): The Hughes Bros.

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.25:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dead Presidents is the powerful story of a young man’s struggle to define his place in the chaotic social environment of the late ’60s and early ’70s. After serving his country in Vietnam, Anthony Curtis (Larenz Tate) returns home to find his neighborhood in turmoil and his prospects for employment bleak. As a means of survival, he teams up with a couple of his fellow veterans to plan an armored car heist.

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