WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

2 Days in the Valley

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Danny Aiello, Teri Hatcher, Glenne Headly, James Spader.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): LD91303-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 2/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Herzfeld
(Screenplay/Written By): John Herzfeld
(Story): NA
(Music): Anthony Marinelli
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Catherine Hardwicke
(Visual Effects): Buena Vista Imaging
(Costume Designer): Betsy Heimann
(Editor): Jim Miller & Wayne WAhrman, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Rickard L. Anderson, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Keith Samples & Tony Amatullo
(Co-Producers): Jim Burke
(Producers): Jeff Wald & Herb Nanas

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.30:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Cosmo (Aiello) and Lee (Spader) are two hitmen hired to kill the philandering ex-husband of an Olympic athlete (Hatcher). Their messy aftermath is followed by two undercover cops (Daniels and Stolz), cruising the San Fernando Valley for erotic massage parlors. Thus begins a long chain of unexpected events and interconnecting storylines involving hostages, dogs and a catfight with a voluptuous mistress (Theron) clad in spandex.

LaserDisc Picture:
The superb looking Panavision® scope picture has been slightly recomposed at 2.30:1. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent contrast and shadow detail. The picture exhibits excellent color fidelity with natural fleshtones, rich and warm colors and deep solid blacks. Only the slightest noise is found in the darker scenes, but there are no apparent artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Both the discrete Dolby® Digital and matrix linear PCM soundtracks are superb sounding. The music score is terrific and extremely well recorded with an expansive and deep soundstage, that is slightly wider in the discrete version. Surprisingly, there is one scene in Chapter 8 and then again in the end credits in which the song “Down In The Valley” collapses essentially to mono in the matrix version compared to the wide stereo rendition in the discrete version. Another effective comparison is in the end credits instrumental “Rolling On The Sea,” in which the discrete version is dramatically superior. Sound effects are nicely positioned across the soundstage and effectively panned to support the visuals, and the .1 bass is deep and powerful. Dialogue is generally excellent, even in those scenes that are ADR-produced, with a mostly natural presence that is well integrated spatially. Surround envelopment is both aggressive and subtle with excellent ambiant definition, but occasionally, the discrete surrounds have no signal or their levels are too low.
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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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