WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dances With Wolves

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID83220R
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 181
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 11/01/91
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Kevin Costner
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Blake
(Story): NA
(Music): John Barry
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jeffrey Beecroft
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Elsa Zamparelli
(Editor): Neil Travis, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Hari Ryatt & Robert Fitzgerald
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jim Wilson & Kevin Costner

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.00:1

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:
Winner of seven Academy Awards®, Dances With Wolves is an extraordinary tribute to the great Sioux Indians and the passing of the American frontier into history. Filled with a rare compassion and authenticity regarding the Native American way of life, the film is both epic in scope and intimate in its portrayal of one man’s search for his own humanity. Kevin Costner’s performance as that man, and his directorial debut, is awesome.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® 2.35:1 composition has been cropped to 2.0:1. The digital transfer radiates with exceptional visual warmth and stunning color fidelity.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Combine its magnificent imagery with the glorious musical score composed and conducted by multiple Academy Award® winner John Barry and you will be emotionally impacted like never before. The remarkable full orchestral recording by Shawn Murphy soars with lyrical rapture.
(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
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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