WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, Julie Christie & Sean Connery

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42973
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 103
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 12/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Rob Cohen
(Screenplay/Written By): Charles Edward Pogue
(Story): Patrick Read Johnson & Charles Edward Pogue
(Music): Randy Edelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Benjamin Fernandez
(Visual Effects): Industrial Light & Magic
(Costume Designer): Thomas Casterline
(Editor): Peter Amundson
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard L. Anderson, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): David Rotman & Patrick Read Johnson
(Co-Producers): Hester Hargett
(Producers): Rafaella De Laurentiis

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital Sound
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Filled with romance, humor and special effects, Dragonheart tells the story of Bowen (Dennis Quaid), a noble, but disillusioned knight who undergoes a change of heart through friendship with his intended victim Draco (voice of Sean Connery), the last of the magical, fire-breathing dragons. Ultimately, the moment comes when Bowen must gather his courage to give his mystical friend the death he desires—the only way to put an end to the evil king (David Thewlis).

LaserDisc Picture:
The theatrical anamorphic picture is framed at 2.30:1. Picture quality is superb in quality with natural colors, accurate fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. No noise or artifacts are visible in this sharp and detailed transfer.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack’s extensive use of ADR-manufactured dialogue lacks scene-suggestive spatial integration. Connery’s voice as Draco is forcefully dubbed forward, sounding detached from the beast. Bass extends to below 25Hz and is used as a dramatic element throughout. The best sound element, however, is the expansive and well recorded orchestra score.
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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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