Also available in the Dimension four-disc boxed collection:
Makeup/special effects man Kevin Yagher opted for the Alan Smithee director
The 1.85:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced, and exhibits slightly improved image quality when compared to the LaserDisc. Images are generally sharp, but fine details and background clarity are wanting. Colors can be nicely balanced with natural fleshtones, but blacks seem slightly weak. Pixelization is occasionally evident, but edge enhancement is rarely noticed. The source is revealing of minor artifacts and film grain. (Suzanne Hodges)
The audio presentation is very exciting, with active engagement of the spatial soundfield, and generous engagement of dynamic and spectral range. Fidelity is remarkable, and the creative utilization of the soundstage all around you is impressive, both subtly and prominently. The split surrounds are used to excellent effect in creating that sense of dimensional expansion and engulfment. During peak sound pressure levels at reference level, the sound can be a bit bright-sounding if no re-equalization is applied. The dialogue is a remarkable production, with voices sounding natural and presented at a comfortable listening level, with a spatial presence that sounds nicely integrated with the visuals. This is also an impressive outing in terms of the low-end, with deep bass extension to below 25 Hz with sparse yet prominent utilization of the .1 LFE along with moments of sheer intensity that are likely to challenge your system. (Perry Sun)
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