WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Great Train Robbery, The

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML101427
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1979
(LD Release Date): 2/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Michael Crichton
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Crichton
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Maurice Carter
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Anthony Mendleson
(Editor): David Bretherton, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): John Foreman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From his novel, Michael Crichton based the script for The Great Train Robbery on a true incident. With 25,000 (pounds) of gold bullion traveling by locomotive to the English coast, officials lock it safely away in an impregnable system. Naturally, all that gold in one place arouses the attentions of the English criminals, but in 1865, there had never been a robbery from a moving train. Edward Pierce (Sean Connery) devises a most ingenious plan—enlisting the aid of Robert Agar (Donald Sutherland) and Miss Miriam (Lesley-Anne Down)—to relieve the train of its gold.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.85:1, presents an inconsistent quality throughout with fully saturated colors, natural fleshtones and weak blacks. Contrast, shadow detail and sharpness are all poor qualities, offering soft images and halo-enhanced whites. Slight noise and distracting artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Both the discrete Dolby® Digital and matrix linear PCM soundtracks essentially share the same character. Surround envelopment is subtle and deep bass response is wanting. The discrete version has a slightly wider frontal soundstage. Dialogue is ADR-produced and not always well integrated. The orchestral score is nicely presented with a hint of subtle surrounds.
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