WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Stars George Corraface, Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck, Rachel Ward, Robert Davi, Catherine Zeta Jones, Oliver Cotton, Benicio del Toro & Mathieu Carriere

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12592
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 02/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Glen
(Screenplay/Written By): John Briley, Cary Bates & Mario Puzo
(Story): NA
(Music): Cliff Eidelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gil Parrondo
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(Editor): Matthew Glen
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(Executive Producers): Jane Chaplin
(Co-Producers): Bob Simmonds
(Producers): Ilya Salkind

DVD Picture Information
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(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:
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery is Mario Puzo’s uninspiring historical drama that spans the years between Columbus’ (George Corraface) initial attempts to secure funding for his “shortcut to the Indies” and his triumphant return from his first voyage to the New World. Painfully obvious in this version are the larger issues of greed and religious hypocrisy that forever altered the indigenous culture of the natives.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer at 2.35:1 retains the expansive scope of director John Glen’s and cinematographer Alex Mills’ composition. The picture is absolutely gorgeous in many scenes—sharp, clean, natural and detailed without a trace of noise artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound, however, does not live up to the picture standard. Sounds are harsh particularly on loud passages. The full orchestral music score sounds bright, thin and hard. Overall definition and clarity are lacking. The surround effects are subtle and infrequent.
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