WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cape Fear

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41263
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 128
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 6/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Martin Scorsese
(Screenplay/Written By): Wesley Strick
(Story): NA
(Music): Elmer Bernstein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Henry Bumstead
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(Editor): Thelma Schoonmaker
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(Executive Producers): Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Barbara De Fina

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Cape Fear is a very slick, suspenseful thriller about relentless psychological torment. It quickly draws you into Robert De Nero’s sinister, villainous role as psychopath Max Cady, who spent his 14 years of imprisonment plotting to revenge against his attorney, Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). A memorable De Niro acting job and cameos by Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, both who starred in original.

LaserDisc Picture:
The film is Director Martin Scorsese’s first anamorphic widescreen motion picture. It combines visually stunning images with high-tension action. The presentation is technically stunning at 2.35:1, as is the demonstration quality picture and sound. The quality of the transfer is superb. Everything looks right with the exception of what appears to be a reddish cast on the face tones. Otherwise the picture is focused and sharp with virtually no video noise artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Bernard Hermann’s heart-pounding score from the original Cape Fear is beautifully adapted by Elmer Bernstein. The full orchestral musical score recording by Shawn Murphy is dynamic, lush and expansive on the digital soundtrack. The aggressive Dolby Surround® mix and sound effects further support this pumped-up rollercoaster ride.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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