WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Malcolm X

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman, Jr. Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee, Therresa Randle & Kate Vernon

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12596
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 201
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 07/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Spike Lee
(Screenplay/Written By): Douglas L. Murray & Keith Culbertson
(Story): NA
(Music): Terence Blanchard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Wynn Thomas
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Ruth Carter
(Editor): Barry Alexander Brown
(Supervising Sound Editors): Skip Lievsay
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Monty Ross, Jon Kilik & Preston Holmes
(Producers): Marvin Worth & Spike Lee

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 Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Malcolm X is director/co-writer/co-star Spike Lee’s breathtaking and poignant portrait of the life of political activist and African-American leader Malcolm X. Based on the book The Autobiography Of Malcolm X, it tells the story of a Harlem hustler turned fiercely eloquent advocate for a new black consciousness. His message was one of pride and self-determination which inspired people to demand human rights during the tumultuous ’50s and ’60

LaserDisc Picture:
This is a beautifully photographed film that is sharp and clear. The aspect ratio is 1.89:1. The prison scenes are stunning in their image contrasts and require the monitor to have excellent black reproduction. Color fidelity is excellent throughout and the flesh tones are extremely natural.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The dynamic Dolby Surround® soundtrack is wonderful and enveloping with a masterful and powerful jazz-tinged music score by Terence Blanchard.
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