WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, John Cusack, Kevin J. O’Connor, Maury Chaykin, Tom Arnold, Chevy Chase

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4.5
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score:
Internet Links


DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 51566
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 04/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Stephen Frears
(Screenplay/Written By): David Webb Peoples
(Story): Laura Ziskin, Alvin Sargent & David Webb Peoples
(Music): George Fenton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dennis Gassner
(Visual Effects): Dream Quest Images
(Costume Designer): Richard Hornung
(Editor): Mick Audsley
(Supervising Sound Editors): Jerry Ross
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Joseph M. Caracciolo
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Laura Ziskin

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Hero is a feel-good Cinderella-story comedy that stars Geena Davis as ace TV reporter Gale Gayley who literally falls into the story of a lifetime when the plane she’s travelling on crashes into a Chicago bridge. In the smoke and darkness, she is saved by a rude, foul-mouthed “hero,” who promptly disappears into the night—leaving only his shoe behind. When Gale’s TV station offers a million dollars to the mystery man, a gentle homeless Vietnam vet, John Bubber (Garcia) appears with one shoe to claim the prize and share it with the city’s homeless. The real hero is a small-time crook, Bernie La Plante (Hoffman), whom no one believes.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 video transfer looks very good overall with slightly over saturated color. Images are sharp and the color balance appears to be accurate.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack sounds great with excellent bass, surround envelopment, and explosions that can cause speaker damage.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield):
(Aggressive Split Surround):
(Center Back Surround Imaging):
(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
Reference LaserDisc:
Collector Edition: