WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Hellbound Hellraiser II

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Clare Higgins, Ashley Lawrence, Kenneth Cranham, Doug Bradley.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Lumivision
(Catalog Number): LVD9525
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1988
(LD Release Date): 2/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Tony Randel
(Screenplay/Written By): Peter Atkins
(Story): Clive Barker
(Music): Christopher Young
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Mike Buchanan
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Jane Wildgoose
(Editor): Richard Marden
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Christopher Webster & Clive Barker
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Christopher Figg

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 A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Hellbound—Hellraiser II, the nightmare continues for Kirsty Cotton (Laurence), the niece of Frank Cotton whose curiosity, as you may recall, resurrected the tormenting and torturous Cenobites, including Pinhead (Bradley), in Hellraiser. Clive Barker’s gross-out, torturous blood-and-guts creation is a real treat for horror lovers.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture exhibits inconsistencies with unnatural color fidelity, brownish fleshtones, undersaturated exteriors and oversaturated interiors. Images are overly soft and wanting in sharpness and detail. Distracting noise is apparent throughout with some artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is aggressively produced in surround with deep bass response and stereo ambiant effects. A slight background noise is heard throughout and often fidelity is wanting in clarity. Dialogue sounds slightly muffled and intelligibility is wanting.
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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