WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Reservoir Dogs

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD68993WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 04/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Quentin Tarrantino
(Screenplay/Written By): Quentin Tarrantino
(Story): NA
(Music): Karyn Rachtman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Wasco
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Betsy Heimann
(Editor): Sally Menke
(Supervising Sound Editors): Stephen H. Flick & Geoffrey G. Rubay
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Richard N. Gladstein
(Co-Producers): Harvey Keitel
(Producers): Lawrence Bender

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
As Quentin Tarantino’s debut film is the extremely violent story of perfect strangers brought together by a master gangster to pull off the perfect crime. But when the robbery goes awry, turning into a bloody ambush, the killers realize one of them is a police informer. Strictly an adult movie and not for the squeamish, this brilliant film portrays brutal murders, raw violence and offensive language.

LaserDisc Picture:
The widescreen composition is first-rate. The film to video transfer is true to the 2.35:1 scope composition. Everything looks real and natural with accurate flesh tones and good color fidelity. The filmmakers wanted realism and they have achieved their vision with the look of this film.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack dialogue was recorded on an interior soundstage serving as the principal scene, a warehouse. The sound is distinguished by the natural sound of gunfire. The sense of surround envelopment, however, is not present which could have heightened the reality and repugnance further.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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