WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

City Hall

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello, David Paymer, Martin Landau

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 77336
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 10/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Harold Becker
(Screenplay/Written By): Ken Lipper, Paul Schrader, Nicholas Pileggi & Bo Goldman
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jane Musky
(Visual Effects): Computer Film Company
(Costume Designer): Richard Hornung
(Editor): Robert C. Jones & David Bretherton
(Supervising Sound Editors): Rick Franklin, Paul Timothy Carden & Kerry Dean Williams
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Edward R. Pressman, Ken Lipper, Charles Mulvehill & Harold Becker

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): SDDS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
City Hall is the suspenseful drama with Al Pacino as popular New York City Mayor John Pappas and his idealistic aide Kevin Calhoun (Cusack). A formidable team, they deftly handle the daily crossfire of crime, poverty and urban politics until the morning when, during a shoot-out between a cop and a drug dealer, a six-year-old child is killed in the crossfire. In that moment, the fabric of City Hall begins to unravel, torn by the suspicious events that led to the deadly confrontation.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.88:1 and exhibits natural color fidelity, accurate fleshtones, vivid colors and deep solid blacks. Slightly dark with some noise, the picture is sharp and detailed.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is driven by natural sounding dialogue with good spatial integration. However, some scenes are produced in mono and are wanting in soundfield envelopment. The music score is beautifully recorded with excellent soundstage imaging and depth, but surround envelopment is generally subtle and limited to the music and ambiant effects.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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