WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Final Approach
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
James B. Sikking, Hector Elizondo, Madolyn Smith & Kevin McCarthy

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): VID
(Catalog Number): LDCVM5561WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 07/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Eric Steven Stahl
(Screenplay/Written By): Eric Steven Stahl & Gerald Laurence
(Story): NA
(Music): Kirk Hunter
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ralph E. Stevic
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Stefan Kut
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Eric Steven Stahl

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.00:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Cinema Digital Sound
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This is the world’s first all-digital motion picture. It was recorded, mixed and mastered in the digital domain and released in the now-defunct Cinema Digital Sound process. Although it’s a sonic masterpiece, the story leaves something to be desired: Sikking plays an Air Force stealth pilot who ejects from his jet only to awaken under the control of a probing psychiatrist (Elizondo) in re-hashed “Twilight Zone” trappings. Still, its an aural must for collectors.

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer’s picture quality is sumptuous. The aspect ratio is about 2.0:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
While current Dolby Surround® processors do not provide for the split surround capabilities produced on the six -track master, our Fosgate Processor did a remarkable job of producing an aggressive split surround stereo effect from the Dolby encoded mix.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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(Aggressive Split 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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