WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1298L
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $124.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 196
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1960
(LD Release Date): 1/09/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Stanley Kubrick
(Screenplay/Written By): Dalton Trumbo
(Story): NA
(Music): Alex North
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Alexander Golitzen
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(Editor): Robert Lawrence
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(Executive Producers): Kirk Douglas
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Edward Lewis

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.05:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Director Stanley Kubrick’s version of the 1952 Howard Fast novel of a Roman slave revolt focuses on the tale of the bold gladiator slave who organizes the uprising and takes on the power of Imperial Rome at its glorious height. Features a marvelous score by Alex North. Contains commentaries from Douglas, Ustinov and others.

LaserDisc Picture:
The restoration by Robert A. Harris is superb as is the pristine image quality and stunning color fidelity of the film to video transfer.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The music, by Alex North, is a marvelously rich score recorded no doubt on one of the old magnificent sound stages using minimal stereo miking. It has a lush, warm, and panoramic soundscape that heightens the sensorial experience of this widescreen presentation.
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