WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Point Of No Return
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Anne Bancroft, Harvey Keitel

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12819
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 09/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Badham
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Getchell
(Story): NA
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Philip Harrison
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Marlene Stewart
(Editor): Frank Morriss
(Supervising Sound Editors): William L. Manger, Dale Johnston, Richard Oswald, James J. Isaacs, Solange Schwalbe-Boisseau
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): James Herbert
(Producers): Art Linson

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:
Director John Badham’s Point Of No Return is an exact outline of the French classic thriller, La Femme Nikita,only portrayed with an American ambience. Bridget Fonda stars as Maggie, a scruffy, uncooperative drug-addicted misfit who has been convicted of murder and sentenced to death. A secret service agency seeks her out to offer her a second chance at life—as an assassin.

LaserDisc Picture:
Picture quality on this 2.35:1 scope transfer is outstanding with its intentional hazed and subdued images. Cinematographer Michael Watkins has crafted one terrific looking picture. Flesh tones are accurate as is the color balance from scene to scene. The transfer provides excellent shadow detail in the numerous dimly lit interior scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The stereo soundtrack packs a lot of great dynamics and bass extension down to about 25 Hz. An aggressive surround complements the intense nonstop action.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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