WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Caan, Vanessa Williams, James Coburn

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 14202
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 10/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Charles Russell
(Screenplay/Written By): Tony Puryear & Walon Green
(Story): Tony Puryear, Walon Green & Michael S. Chernuchin
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bill Kenney
(Visual Effects): Warner Digital Studios, Industrial Light & Magic, Mass Illusion, Pacific Title Digital, Illusion Arts, Inc. & Pacific Data Images, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Richard Bruno
(Editor): Michael Tronick, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Alan Murray & Bub Asman
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Tadross & Charles Russell
(Co-Producers): Stephen Brown & Caroline Pham
(Producers): Arnold Kopelson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
United States Marshal John Kruger (Schwarzenegger) operates in secrecy by necessity and anonymity by design. Executive Lee Cullen (Williams) saw something she wasn’t meant to see and now some of the most powerful forces in the world want her dead before she can testify. To survive, Cullen needs a protector. She needs “Eraser.” As Kruger himself falls under suspicion as a traitor, he sets out to prove his innocence to his mentor (Caan) and the head of the Witness Protection Program (Coburn).

LaserDisc Picture:
Framed at 2.40:1, the picture quality is exemplary in all aspects with naturally rich and warm colors and terrific cinematography.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
By far, one of the best soundtracks to date, the sound is fantastic with an extremely dynamic music score, directional sound effects and aggressive surround envelopment. The orchestra recording is expansive with excellent imaging and depth. Bass impact is powerful and extends below 25Hz, even in the surrounds. Foley effects are precise and effective. Naturally spatial and well recorded, the dialogue is near perfect.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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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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