WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, Josh Hamilton.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1596AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 9/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Frank Marshall
(Screenplay/Written By): John Patrick Shanley
(Story): NA
(Music): James Newton Howard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Reynolds
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Michael Kahn, ACE & William Goldenberg
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Bruce Cohen
(Producers): Robert Watts & Kathleen Kennedy

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Alive is the true story of intense human endurance and survival. Based on the real life experience of sixteen Uruguayan rugby players who survived a plane crash and the 72 treacherous days thereafter stranded high up in the wintry desolation of the Andes mountains. The film depicts the graphically explicit and shocking break-up of the plane crashing into the mountain, and the horrors of survival thereafter as ordinary young men and women find the courage to endure, meeting each day’s challenge with hope and courage, and the determination to survive against all odds.

LaserDisc Picture:
This picture looks incredibly natural and real. The cinematography is spectacular, yet effectively attunes us to the perilous situation. Colors and flesh tones appear accurate. The picture is sharp and clear without a trace of noise artifacts. The digital video transfer is matted to 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack sounds great with excellent bass extension down to easily 30 Hz, surround envelopment, and avalanches that can cause speaker damage. At the beginning, the incredible sound captures the horror of the plane crash that will chill you throughout with emotion and inner fear.
(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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