WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Die Hard
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Bonnie Bedilla.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1666-80
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1988
(LD Release Date): 4/89
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John McTiernan
(Screenplay/Written By): Jeb Stuart & Steven E. de Souza
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jackson DeGovia
(Visual Effects): Boss Film Corp., Video Image
(Costume Designer): Marilyn Vance-Straker
(Editor): Frank J. Urioste, ACE & John F. Link
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Charles Gordon
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lawrence Gordon & Joel Silver

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Back in 1988, Die Hard perhaps set the stage for suspenseful, humorous action thrillers to come. McClane launches his own one-man war against terrorist Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) who has taken hostages in a Los Angeles high rise building over the Christmas holiday.

LaserDisc Picture:
The cinematography of Jan De Bont and Oliver Wood present phenomenally realistic visuals that are superbly framed in the widescreen anamorphic Panavision® format. The 2.21:1 digital video transfer is first-rate with excellent color balance and ne’er a trace of white and black spec artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The tense and dynamic music scores of Michael Kamen are beautifully recorded as is the Foley and realistic special effects involving stupendous explosions, submachine guns and pistols, 747 jets and helicopters. The properly aggressive Dolby Surround® and rumbling bass will leave you breathless.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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