WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Falling Down

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin, Frederick Forrest, Tuesday Weld

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12648
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 113
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 08/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Joel Schumacher
(Screenplay/Written By): Ebbe Roe Smith
(Story): NA
(Music): James Newton Howard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Barbara Ling
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Marlene Stewart
(Editor): Paul Hirsch
(Supervising Sound Editors): Charles L. Campbell & Louis L. Edemann
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Arnon Milchan
(Co-Producers): Dan Kolsrud
(Producers): Arnold Kopelson, Herschel Weingrod & Tomothy Harris

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:
“Falling Down” is a powerful urban suspense drama with Michael Douglas starring as Bill Foster, a regular guy who has lost his job at a defense plant, lost his wife and daughter to divorce and finds himself stuck in endless gridlock on a Los Angeles freeway on the hottest day of the year. Going over the edge, Bill makes his way through the city, venting his frustrations with an about-to-retire cop (Duvall) pursuing him.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture is always sharp and clear, but colors are inconsistent in balance and saturation. Some scenes look beautiful and some look orange-tinted and noise ridden or over-saturated.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound and intelligible dialogue are consistently excellent with great bass and an enveloping surround field which heightens of sense of the urban tension.
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