WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 70676
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 8/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Barry Levinson
(Screenplay/Written By): James Toback
(Story): NA
(Music): Ennio Morricone
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dennis Gassner
(Visual Effects): Cinema Research Corp. & Stetson Visual Services, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Albert Wolsky
(Editor): Stu Linder
(Supervising Sound Editors): Gloria S. Borders
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson &Warren Beatty

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

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:
The Academy® Award-winning drama, Bugsy, tells the story of real-life mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Seigel (Beatty) who, after coming to the West Coast in the 1940s, to expand the chicago mob operations, formulated a plan to transform a mostly desolate strip of land in the Nevada desert into an oasis of entertainment and gambling.

LaserDisc Picture:
The very stylish-looking visuals of cinematographer Allen Daviau are pronounced on this magnificent transfer by Lou Levinson. The film has a soft look with excellent color balance and sharpness. The Oscar®-winning art direction looks ravishing in the exquisitely-framed widescreen composition. The aspect ratio is about 1.76:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The beautiful and moving score by Ennio Morricone provides a steady pace to the exquisite visuals. The Dolby® Surround provides an excellent sense of envelopment.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(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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