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WSR Detailed DVD Review
1984 / IMAX
Genre: Special Interest

Reviewed In Issue 88 (Sep 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Monty Cox, Shane McCamey, Linda Hoy, Omri Katz, Andy Muxlow, Lee Brock, Kathy Graber, Leif Green, Frank Dent, Brad McCabe, Kelly Brown & Peter Renaday

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Special features include a movie trivia quiz, a MacGillivray biography, and a history of MacGillivray Freeman Films. A second disc includes Speed in Microsoft Windows Media high-definition video for Windows XP PCs.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID2395MVDVD
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-5 & DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 30
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/29/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Greg MacGillivray
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Man has always been fascinated and driven by the need to go faster. From the early caveman years to today

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture (reframed from its original IMAX Format) is definitely one to experience on the largest calibrated home theatre display you can get, as the forward motion of racing cyclists, cars traveling down dirt roads and racing on tracks, and biplanes swooping over snow-capped mountain peaks are definitely something to experience! As for image quality, the picture is quite satisfying, with a richly saturated color palette that, at times, can seem a bit oversaturated. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, though some softness is inherent. Edge enhancement is not a problem with this title, and there are no obtrusive compression problems. (Suzanne Hodges)

This soundtrack is another in the line of impressive Image Entertainment/IMAX DVDs. Dialogue, mainly through narration by James Burke, is a tad bit forward. There are superb horizontal and vertical pans, as sound information flows effortlessly throughout the listening space. These great sonic effects not only present a more immersive listening experience, but they sound really cool. Audio information ricochets around the home theatre environment in impressive fashion. This is also an explosive soundtrack, as the LFE channel is fully engaged many times throughout the presentation. When a pilot surpasses the sound barrier in Chapter 8, the LFE performance is intense. The DTS