WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Passenger 57
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Wesley Snipes, Bruce Payne, Tom Sizemore, Alex Datcher, Bruce Greenwood, Elizabeth Hurley, Robert Hooks & Ernie Lively

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12569
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 84
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 4/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Kevin Hooks
(Screenplay/Written By): David Loughery & Dan Gordon
(Story): NA
(Music): Stanley Clarke
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James Hinkle
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Richard Nord
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jonathan Steinberg
(Co-Producers): Robert J. Anderson
(Producers): Lee Rich, Dan Paulson & Dylan Stellars

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): J-D-C Scope
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.49:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Passenger 57 stars Wesley Snipes as John Cutter, a former anti-terrorist Secret Service agent and a championed undercover airline security operative. Cutter is hired by an airline to oversee its safeguard operations and instruct fellow employees about the “truth” behind airline safety. While on a flight, he coincidentally ends up on the same plane as FBI-escorted terrorist, Charles Rane (Bruce Payne). When Cutter steps into the lavatory, he emerges to discover that Rane and his fellow terrorists have taken control. It’s do or die action in the air and on the ground as Cutter uses his skills to save the day.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is a Panavision® scope composition that has been transferred to a 2.49:1 aspect ratio. The picture quality is sharp with good color balance throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The dynamic and aggressive Dolby Surround® soundtrack is well matched to the action. The funky score by jazz-rocker Stanley Clarke is of CD quality. Especially impressive is the opening title montage piece with its powerful bass lines.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(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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