WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Leaving Las Vegas

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands, Richard Lewis, Steven Weber, Kim Adams, Emily Regen, Valeria Golino & Graham Beckel

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML105524
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 6/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mike Figgis
(Screenplay/Written By): Mike Figgis
(Story): NA
(Music): Mike Figgis
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Waldemar Kalinowski
(Visual Effects): Special Effects Unlimited, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Laura Goldsmith
(Editor): John Smith
(Supervising Sound Editors): Nigel Heath
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Paige Simpson & Stuart Regan
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lila Cates & Annie Stewart

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by John O’Brien, Cage stars as Ben Sanderson, an avowed alcoholic who drinks away his family, friends and his job. With deliberate resolve, he burns the remnants of his life and heads for Las Vegas to end it all in one final binge. On the strip, he picks up a street-smart hooker named Sera (Shue) in what might be another excess in his self-destructive life. Instead, their chance meeting becomes a respite on the road of oblivion as they form a immutable and mysterious bond.

LaserDisc Picture:
Original photographed in Super 16 format, it was blown up to 1.66:1 and released for theatrical exhibition at 1.85:1, which this transfer mirrors. Overall picture quality is mediocre with inconsistent color fidelity, although colors are vivid and fleshtones are natural. Images often out-of-focus and slight noise is apparent throughout, but there are not artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a great jazz score with subtle surround envelopment and dialogue that often sounds unnaturally chesty.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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