WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

South Central

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Glenn Plummer, Bryon Keith Minns, LaRita Shelby, Kevin Best, Carl Lumbly

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12594
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 02/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Steve Anderson
(Screenplay/Written By): Steve Anderson
(Story): NA
(Music): Tim Truman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Brian Miller & Marina Kieser
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Steve Nevius
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Oliver Stone
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Janet Yang & William Steakley

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.95:1

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:
South Central from the book “Crips” by Donald Baker, is a compelling and impassioned epic of a triumph of the heart. Bobby Johnson (Glenn Plummer), a young Los Angeles hood emerges from a ten-year prison stint to take responsibility for his life and his son, whom he barely knows, who is leading a harsh and insidious life, like his father, of crime as a member of his father’s former gang. The film spans a decade in Johnson’s life beginning as an angry youth who is used by others to murder and then while in the penitentiary learns to let go of his hatred. This is a serious film with a powerful message. With a new attitude he saves not only himself but his son, whom he rescues before the pattern of malice and hopelessness is repeated again.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is sharp and the image quality depicts a real feeling for the inner-city and prison surroundings with true-to-life color. The aspect ratio is about 1.95:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is generally pleasing with a well recorded stereo music score but an otherwise undistinguished mono presence.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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