WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

White Sands
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12532
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 12/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Roger Donaldson
(Screenplay/Written By): Daniel Pyne
(Story): NA
(Music): Patrick O’Hearn
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Nicholas Beauman
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): William Sackheim & Scott Rudin

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
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A compelling, gorgeously photographed Panavision motion picture with a volatile mix of action and suspense filmed in and around New Mexico’s glistening White Sands National Park. The story of a small-town lawman who takes on a murdered FBI agent’s identiy and becomes the man on the inside of an international crime ring.

LaserDisc Picture:
Peter Menzies’ cinematography is strikingly panoramic with visual compositions that fully utilize the widescreen scope format. The picture quality is pristine, noisefree, and even throughout. The digital video transfer at 2.35:1 is a delight with its perfectly balanced color and natural film-like appearance.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is well recorded with excellent stereo dimensionality in the front channels to complement the on-screen action. The somewhat subdued Dolby Surround® mix provides the necessary envelopment to support the moods of this white-hot thriller.
(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
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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