WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Fan, The

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo & Benicio Del Toro

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 82476
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Tony Scott
(Screenplay/Written By): Phoef Sutton
(Story): NA
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ida Random
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Rita Ryack & Daniel Orlandi
(Editor): Christian Wagner & Claire Simpson
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert G. Henderson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Margaret French Isaac
(Producers): Wendy Finerman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8) Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Snipes stars as Bobby Rayburn, a cocky four-time League RBI champ who has just turned his .310 lifetime batting average into a $40 million paycheck. Gil Renard (De Niro), a recently fired salesman, has closely followed Rayburnís career and, unlike some people, remains true to him even as his star seems to be slipping into a fade. When Renard discovers that the inexplicable career slump might have its roots in Rayburnís rivalry with a teammate, the fan will stop at nothing to restore his idolís reputationóeven if it comes down to murder. Based on Peter Abrahamís novel, The Fan is a darkly tense thriller.

LaserDisc Picture:
The video master is from a Sony HD format transfer and the Panavisionģ scope 2.35:1 picture exhibits fully saturated color fidelity with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture is sharp and detailed, though noise is apparent, but no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is dynamic, hard edged and loud with an aggressive surround presence. The ballpark scenes generate excitement with an expansive soundfield that is effectively produced. Dialogue is ADR-produced, often sounding forward and occasionally distorted.
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
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