WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Charlie Korsmo

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 70606
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 142
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 7/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Steven Spielberg
(Screenplay/Written By): Jim V. Hart & Malia Scotch Marmo (Screenplay))
(Story): Jim V. Hart & Nick Castle
(Music): John Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Garwood
(Visual Effects): Industrial Light & Magic
(Costume Designer): Anthony Powell
(Editor): Michael Kahn, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Charles L. Campbell & Rick Franklin
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Dodi Fayed & Jim V. Hart
(Co-Producers): Gary Adelson & Craig Baumgarten
(Producers): Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall & Gerald R. Molen

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo 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:
Based on the book and stage play by J.M. Barrie, Hook stars Robin Williams as Peter Banning, a middle-aged lawyer who doesn’t remember that he was once Peter Pan. But when Captain Hook (Hoffman) abducts Peter’s children, Granny Wendy Darling (Smith) convinces Peter that he is the legendary Pan and that he must to fly off to Neverland to reunite with Tinkerbell (Roberts) and rescue his children.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is a reference quality presentation throughout. Feast your eyes on the magnificent images transferred to video with perfection by Lou Levinson at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer’s color balance and sharpness are at the highest level of achievement in the digital video process. There is not a trace of annoying noise artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The digital stereo Dolby Surround® encoded soundtrack on this disc is truly phenomenal. Sound for the production was recorded at the Sony Pictures Studios. Shawn Murphy mixed the soaring and dramatically contrasted music score by John Williams. The recording is one of the best, if not the best, I have ever heard off a LaserDisc. It is the equal of the finest compact disc recordings with extended bass, extreme clarity and excellent dynamic range.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(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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