WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Let Him Have It

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Christopher Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Bell, Eileen Atkins, Clare Holman, Michael Elphick, Mark McGann & Tom Courtenay

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2343LI
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 08/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Peter Medak
(Screenplay/Written By): Neal Purvis & Robert Wade
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Pickwoad
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(Editor): Ray Lovejoy
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jeremy Thomas
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Luc Roeg & Robert Warr

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Let Him Have It is based on a true story of the legal system gone amiss. It is the gritty tale of a group of teenage thugs, roaming the streets of 1950’s London looking for trouble. In the tough post-war years of rationing and hardship, they watch American gangster movies and dream of becoming big time hoods with money, girls and power. Soon, their petty crimes get way out of hand when a policeman gets killed by one of them, but it is another member of the gang that gets sentenced to death for the murder.

LaserDisc Picture:
The visual look of this film is quite beautiful with natural and consistent colors, and excellent shadow detail, even in difficult lighting situations. Unfortunately there is slight but pervasive video noise throughout and a few artifacts that mar an otherwise near-perfect picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is very good with an enveloping Dolby Surround® field (sometimes) and good bass, but dialogue occasionally sounds a little hard and overall there is a slight lack of clarity as compared to the very best discs.
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Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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