WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV320042-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $29.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1990
(LD Release Date): 03/01/91
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jerry Zucker
(Screenplay/Written By): Bruce Joel Rubin
(Story): NA
(Music): Maurice Jarre
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jane Musky
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Walter Murch
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Steven-Charles Jaffe
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lisa Weinstein

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:
This Howard W. Koch production of Ghost is a touching love story told as a supernatural mystery-thriller. Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams with a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder, and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate. America fell in love with Ghost, making it the number one film of 1990.

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer appears to suffer from slightly reddish looking face tones. Otherwise it looks near projected film. The transfer appears to be at about 1.78:1 instead of the 1.85:1 theatrical projection. There is no visible video noise nor other artifacts that degrade the picture. Much of the picture’s dark areas provide good shadow detail.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® mix is aggressive. The sound effects complement the on- screen action with a very dynamic presentation and excellent bass extension.
(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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