WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Richard Dreyfus, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Francois Truffaut

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC12421L
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $124.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 135
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1977
(LD Release Date): 11/90
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Steven Spielberg
(Screenplay/Written By): Steven Spielberg
(Story): NA
(Music): John Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Joe Alves
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(Editor): Michael Kahn, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Julia Phillips & Michael Phillips

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Spielberg’s classic sci-fi fantasy about humankind’s first meeting with extraterrestrials. Impressive special effects by Douglas Trumbull. Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography.

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer at about 2.21:1 is superb for its pristine visuals and color balance. The D-1 component digital video master was created from a 35mm interpositive of the Special Edition under Stephen Spielberg’s supervision. Using the trims from the original camera negative, Voyager created a new interpositive of the excised scenes to restore the original edition.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sonics are equally impressive for their dramatic and dynamic presentation. The Dolby Surround® was created from the original 35mm magnetic four-track mix, using a Dolby DS-4 encoder. It demands a critical listen.
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