WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

1492: Conquest Of Paradise

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gerard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV15184-2WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 150
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 7/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ridley Scott
(Screenplay/Written By): Roselyne Bosch
(Story): NA
(Music): Vangelis
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norris Spencer
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): William Anderson, ACE & Francoise Bonnot
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ridley Scott & Alain Goldman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.20:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
1492 Conquest Of Paradise is a masterpiece of aesthetic filmmaking by director Ridley Scott and cinematographer Adrian Biddle. The film images, their widescreen composition, and soundtrack are exceptional; one of the finest LaserDiscs ever produced. Scott delivers the adventure story of Christopher Columbus (Gerard Depardieu) on a grand scale with sophisticated and dazzling images that tell of his vision of a new route to the East, and the subsequent treachery and carnage his voyages would bring. The film chronicles the first two landmark voyages of this Admiral of the Sea right up to his third and last, and the collision of Old World arrogance with New World innocence.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is absolutely gorgeous with virtually no fault evident whatsoever, a definite treat for the eyes. The aspect ratio is 2.20:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is stunning with tremendous dynamic range and a beautiful hypnotic score by Vangelis. The aggressive surround envelopment creates a virtual acoustic reality for each scene that will immerse you in Columbusí world. Scott demonstrates a vision for sound seldom realized by other filmmakers to enhance the story telling.
(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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