WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Army Of Darkness
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41603
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 8/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Sam Raimi
(Screenplay/Written By): Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi
(Story): NA
(Music): Joseph LoDuca & Danny Elfman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Tony Tremblay
(Visual Effects): Introvision International, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Ida Gearon
(Editor): Bob Murawski & R.O.C. Sandstorm
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Bruce Campbell & Introvision International, Inc.
(Producers): Robert Tapert

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A visually striking horror action adventure fun treat from Sam Raimi, director of “Darkman.” Ash is a department store clerk who is sucked back along with his 1973 Oldsmobile to England’s DaArmy Of Darkness is a visually striking horror comedy treat from Sam Raimi. Bruce Campbell reprises his role from the “Evil Dead” series as Ash, now a department store clerk who is sucked back, along with his 1973 Oldsmobile, by demonic forces to England’s Dark Ages. His mission is to fight undead beasts and rescue the damsel-in-distress from an army of skeletons and… well, you know… save everybody. There is a lot of action, not much blood, a good deal of humor and the special effects are fun.rk Ages by demonic forces to fight undead beasts and rescue a damsel-in-distress from an army of skeletons. Lots of action, not much blood and loads of humor.

LaserDisc Picture:
Visually this disc suffers from inconsistent and over saturated flesh tones, and an overall brightly lit appearance suggesting a different mood. Colors appear accurate, night scenes are beautifully lit, everything is sharp and crisp, and noise free.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound quality is excellent with aggressive enveloping surround effects, good bottom end impact and clear dialogue.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(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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