WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Ralston, Ricco Ross, Cynthia Scott

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1504-85
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $99.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 154
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1986
(LD Release Date): 12/91
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): James Cameron
(Screenplay/Written By): James Cameron
(Story): James Cameron, David Giler & Walter Hill
(Music): James Horner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Peter Lamont
(Visual Effects): The L.A. Effects Group, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Ellen Porteous
(Editor): Arthur Schmidt & Harry Keramidas
(Supervising Sound Editors): Don Sharpe
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Gordon Carroll, David Giler & Walter Hill
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gale Anne Hurd

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
With this James Cameron-directed Aliens epic, we are taken back to the creepy world of Ellen Ripley (Weaver), the only survivor from mankindís first encounter with the Alien. This time she must face both the monstrous Alien as well as inept military men.

LaserDisc Picture:
Picture quality on the 1.85:1 LaserDisc is excellent, the result no doubt of carefully orchestrated transfers. The picture presentations reflect the dark brooding mood intended by the directors. There is virtually no video noise artifacts nor evidence of any significant degree of grain.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Any science fiction film usually requires an array of original sound effects to create an other worldly environment and the sound design is particularly rich with both complexity and startling realism. The scores by both Jerry Goldstein and James Horner capture the sense of the vast emptiness of space in one moment and grisly human terror in the next.
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