WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sissy Spacek

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12306
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 188
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 5/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Oliver Stone
(Screenplay/Written By): Oliver Stone & Zachary Sklar
(Story): NA
(Music): John Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Victor Kempster
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Marlene Stewart
(Editor): Joe Hutshing
(Supervising Sound Editors): Wylie Stateman & Michael D. Wilhoit
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Arnon Milchan
(Co-Producers): Clayton Townsend
(Producers): A. Kitman Ho & Oliver Stone

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.0:1

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 direction by Oliver Stone and editing combines color, black and white and documentary footage into a seamless visually engrossing presentation. Costner stars as District Attorney Jim Garrison who turns investigator in a turbulent search for the truth about President John F. Kennedy’s murder.

LaserDisc Picture:
Both the visual and sonic editing put JFK at the top along with the greatest American films ever produced. The Academy Award® winning direction by Oliver Stone and editing combines color, black-and-white, and documentary footage into a seamless visually engrossing presentation.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
There is an excellent sense of surround envelopment in the Dolby ProLogic® mode. The opening drum cadence dramatically underscores the excellence of the recording while effectively establishing the solemn and serious nature of the subject matter. This is one of my favorite demonstration sequences.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(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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