WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bounty, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2593OR
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1984
(LD Release Date): 9/1/1994
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Roger Donaldson
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Bolt
(Story): NA
(Music): Vangelis
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Graysmark
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Tony Lawson
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Bernard Williams

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 A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Bounty, based upon the book Captain Bligh And Mr. Christian by Richard Hough, features an all-star cast with Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh and Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian in a spectacular adventure of honor and betrayal in the en-chanting South Seas. While on the return to England of a routine ocean voyage to procure a cargo of fruit trees from Tahiti in 1787, the crew of the H.M.A.V. Bounty mutinies against its captain who risks their lives in his determination to steer the ship on a perilous course around Cape Horn, instead of the original path around South Africa. After the crews intoxication with the island and itís in-habitants the crew sides with Mr. Christian in his famous confrontation with his friend.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture displays inaccurate fleshtones which have a reddish hue combined with overall poor color fidelity. The CAV side appears dramatically better than the other two disc sides, but overall grain and noise tends to mar the presentation.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is effectively delivered supported by the Vangelis musical score with exceptional bass extension and enveloping surround envelopment.
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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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