WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher, Moses Gunn

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 43132
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1984
(LD Release Date): 2/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mark L. Lester
(Screenplay/Written By): Stanley Mann
(Story): NA
(Music): Tangerine Dream
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Giorgio Postiglione
(Visual Effects): Van Der Veer Photo Effects
(Costume Designer): Wes Eckhardt, Jennifer Butler
(Editor): David Rawlins
(Supervising Sound Editors): Don Hall
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Frank Capra, Jr.

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): J-D-C Scope
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Fast-paced and filled with great special effects and performances, Firestarter is a twisted and suspenseful horror movie. Based on Stephen Kingís best-selling novel, eight year old Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore) has the capability to start fires by merely thinking about it. Sometimes she can control her thoughts, but dangerously, sometimes she canít. Her loving father Andrew (David Keith), who also possesses special powers, tries his best to comfort and protect her, while a sinister government agent (George C. Scott) sees the potential to use her as a weapon, or destroy her.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.32:1, exhibits inconsistent color fidelity with slightly greenish fleshtones. Images are sharp and detailed and the slightest noise is apparent in some interior scenes. Minor artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that sounds compressed
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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