WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Quest, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar, Janet Gunn, Jack McGee

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42901
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 9/9/96
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Credits Information
(Director): Jean-Claude Van Damme
(Screenplay/Written By): Steven Klein & Paul Mones
(Story): Frank Dux & Jean-Claude Van Damme
(Music): Randy Edelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Steve Spence
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(Editor): John F. Link & William J. Meshover
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(Executive Producers): Peter McDonald
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Moshe Diamant

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Quest is an imaginative, martial arts action adventure set in a time where men with big dreams still embarked on impossible quests. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Chris Dubois, an idealistic street criminal who sets out on an odyssey of self discovery that spans from the slums of 1920s New York to the Lost City of Tibet. Chrisí journey ultimately takes him to the fabled Ghan-gheng competition. Here, the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts to win the prized Golden Dragon.

LaserDisc Picture:
The exemplary picture is framed at 2.35:1 as were the scope theatrical prints. Colors are vivid with deep blacks and natural fleshtones. Noise and artifacts are not apparent in this sharp and detailed transfer.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is dynamic with aggressive surround envelopment throughout. The score is expansive and well recorded with excellent imaging and depth. Dialogue is natural and spatially well integrated with the other sound elements. Bass extends to below 25Hz and aggressive surrounds and directional effects produce an exciting holosonic soundfield that is sure to please.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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