WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1587 CS
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $69.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 127
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1954
(LD Release Date): 3/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Fleischer
(Screenplay/Written By): Earl Felton
(Story): NA
(Music): Paul Smith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Harper Goff
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Elmo Williams, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Walt Disney

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.55:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.55:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): RE:
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A special two-disc treatment of Jules Verne’s classic underwater submarine saga. Bonuses on this disc include behind-the-scenes clips with Walt Disney and the actors, storyboards, archival production photographs and more.

LaserDisc Picture:
The film has been transferred digitally to the early CinemaScope® aspect ratio 2.55:1. The picture quality is very good and the original widescreen composition adds to the atmospheric sense of the movie. The image is a bit dark in contrast and lacks shadow detail. Fleshtones and color balance is good as is the clarity and sharpness.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is a poor representation of the original MagOptical Stereophonic Sound. It is compressed, harsh and low-fidelity. The dialogue, Foley and other effects are virtually mono on this presentation. With the exception of the giant squid battle there is no perceptible surround.
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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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