WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Executive Decisions
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Joe Morton, David Suchet, Steven Seagal

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 14211
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 8/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Stuart Baird
(Screenplay/Written By): Jim Thomas & John Thomas
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Terence Marsh
(Visual Effects): Cinesite, The Computer Film Company, Sight Effects, Inc., Available Light, Ltd. & Composite Image Systems
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Dallas Puett, Frank J. Urioste, ACE & Stuart Baird, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert G. Henderson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Karyn Fields
(Producers): Joel Silver

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.38:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This nerve twitching action film follows American analyst David Grant (Russell), Lieutenant Colonel Travis (Seagal) and a team of four other elite military operatives who board a hijacked plane in mid-air to disable a bomb of lethal nerve gas. If detonated, the bomb could eradicate life on the entire east coast. Without radio contact or technical support, the men must use the only resources they have—including a brave flight attendant (Berry).

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is presented at 2.38:1:1. Picture quality is excellent with superb color fidelity, sharpness and detail, and contrast. Flreshtones are naturally rendered, colors are vivid, and blacks are deep and solid. Slight noise and noticeable artifacts detract from an otherwise presentation of reference quality.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The discrete 5.1 and matrix soundtracks are terrific, particularly the Dolby® Digital spatial presentation. Sound effects are presented in stereo or effectively panned within the soundfield created by the discrete 5.1 delivery. Especially notable are the jet flybys and maneuvers in the rescue operation. Aggressive use of the split surround capability is used to extend the spatial delineation of scenes, Bass extension is deep and often extremely powerful, especially the .1 effects, enough to create system stress due to strong 25Hz and below response, even in the surrounds. Dialogue is nicely produced with a natural presence related to the spatial character of each scene. As well, the Foley effects are perfectly integrated into each scene. An expansive orchestral score, beautifully recorded with subtle surround envelopment completes what is a masterfully produced soundtrack. The matrix version is equally impressive, although without directional surround effects and a slight narrowing of the soundstage.
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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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