WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Long Kiss Goodnight, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko, Brian Cox, David Morse, G.D. Spaldin

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3738LI
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Renny Harlin
(Screenplay/Written By): Shane Black
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Howard Cummings
(Visual Effects): Digital Rezolution & Digital Magic Company
(Costume Designer): Michael Kaplan
(Editor): William Goldenberg
(Supervising Sound Editors): Stephen Hunter Flick
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Steve Tisch, Richard Saperstein & Michael De Luca
(Co-Producers): Carla Fry
(Producers): Renny Harlin, Stephanie Austin & Shane Black

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): DTS Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Davis stars as Samantha Caine, a schoolteacher who can only remember the last eight years of her life when she was found on a beach two months pregnant. But in a matter of seconds her former life as lethal CIA assassin, Charly Baltimore, suddenly catches up to her, with a vengeance. Jackson stars as Mitch Henessey, the wisecracking detective who helps her uncover the past before it buries them both.

LaserDisc Picture:

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Both LaserDiscs share the same superb transfer, framed at precisely 2.35:1. The picture exhibits eye-popping quality with excellent color fidelity, rich, warm and vibrant colors, natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks. Images are extremely sharp and detailed with excellent shadow detail and contrast. There is no distracting noise or artifacts for a picture that is exemplary in all aspects. This is the first actual release comparison ever done and was quite revealing as to the sonic differences between the two formats. Throughout our A-B comparisons in this issue we used the Enlightened Audio Designs (EAD) Theater.Master™ and the Citation 7.0 Dolby ProLogic Controller. The DTS® Digital Surround soundtrack is outstanding, dramatically more transparent than the Dolby® Digital soundtrack. The DTS Digital Surround version exhibits a wonderfully expansive and spatial soundfield accentuated with aggressive discrete surrounds and dynamic sound effects. Fine inner details and nuances are resolved on the DTS Digital Surround version with precision while in the Dolby Digital version the sound is dramatically less refined in details and spatial delineation. Dolby Digital sounds veiled in comparison to DTS Digital Surround. Dolby Digital’s transient response is not near as quick as DTS Digital Surround either, sounding slightly smeared at times. The DTS Digital Surround rendering of the nicely recorded orchestra score is smooth and natural sounding with excellent soundstage depth and imaging. Dolby Digital does not quite render this level of transparency and smoothness. Dialogue is spatially integrated and sounds natural in most scenes, and while ”manufactured” ADR aberrations are present in the production, the ADR is generally well integrated.The DTS Digital Surround spatial delineation is exemplary and perfectly defines each scene’s ambiant character. Bass extension is deep and powerful, and extends to below 25Hz! The deep bass response on the Dolby Digital soundtrack has a rumble sound compared to the very tight and articulated deep bass response on the DTS Digital Surround version. The one disappointing aspect of the soundtrack is that the sound designers occasionally put no signal into the surrounds. Overall, the DTS Digital Surround has more clarity, far better resolution and spatiality, and is the most natural sounding, far outperforming the Dolby Digital and linear PCM versions. The DTS Digital Surround format is simply more capable of rendering quality sound. The matrix PCM version, while excellent, sounds veiled and pulled toward center in comparison to the two 5.1 formats.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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