WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Lawnmower Man, The
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Mark Bringleson, Geoffrey Lewis & John Laughlin

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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Supplemental materials include 40 minutes of footage not seen in the original theatrical version, behind the scenes footage, running commentary by director Brett Leonard and writer Gimel Everett, original storyboard and much more.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3206LI
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $59.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 141
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 2/9/97
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Credits Information
(Director): Brett Leonard
(Screenplay/Written By): Brett Leonard & Gimel Everett
(Story): NA
(Music): Dan Wyman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Alex McDowell
(Visual Effects): Angel Studios
(Costume Designer): Mary Jane Fort
(Editor): Alan Baumgarten
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Milton Subotsky
(Producers): Gimel Everett

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): Dolby Stereo SR
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Jeff Fahey and Pierce Brosnan star in The Lawnmower Man, the original heart-pounding cyber-techno thriller, based on a short story by Stephen King. When Dr. Lawrence Angelo’s (Brosnan) virtual reality experiment goes haywire on simple-minded town gardener Jobe Smith (Fahey), the stage is set for the ultimate battle between good and evil in cyberspace.

LaserDisc Picture:
The THX® quality assured matted 1.85:1 picture exhibits excellent color fidelity, brilliant colors and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow detail is excellent, although sharpness and detail is inconsistent. Sometime distracting noise and minor artifacts are apparent. The vibrant colors are the best aspect of the picture’s quality.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has an aggressive surround presence that complements the film. The soundstage is open, but occasionally sounds veiled in fidelity. Ambiant sound effects are presented in stereo with deep bass response. Dialogue sounds generally natural but often is muffled and veiled, wanting in intelligibility.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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