WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice T, Kevin Pollak.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): 90683
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 07/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Russell Mulcahy
(Screenplay/Written By): Steven E. de Souza
(Story): Fred Dekker & Menno Meyjes
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jaymes Hinkle
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(Editor): Peter Honess
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Barry Josephson
(Co-Producers): James Herbert & Suzanne Todd
(Producers): Joel Silver & Michael Levy

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 SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
An action-packed thriller about a sinister, maniacal psychopathic killer obsessed with getting back an an ex-cop (now an L.A. district attorney) for having put him behind bars. Lithgow is great as the psycho; Washington puts in his perfunctory performance as the attorney.

LaserDisc Picture:
The scope 2.35:1 aspect ratio has been preserved with a transfer that is very film-like in appearance. The picture quality is pristine and the color fidelity and balance is excellent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Alan Silvestri’s orchestrated music score is intense and dynamic and has been recorded superbly. The opening title sequence is gripping. The soundtrack was mixed in a THX® Sound System Theatre which is evident in its overall quality. The Dolby encoded surround is not particularly aggressive, but ambient throughout. The sound effectively sets the dark-luminous mood contrasts of the movie with excellent bass extension and punch.
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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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