WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Chase, The

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Henry Rollins, Josh Mostel & Ray Wise

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 8603-85
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 9/1/1994
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Adam Rifkin
(Screenplay/Written By): Adam Rifkin
(Story): NA
(Music): Tarquin Gotch
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Sherman Williams
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(Editor): Peter Schink
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(Executive Producers): Edward Sarlui & Charlie Sheen
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Brad Wyman & Cassian Elwes

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 A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Chase is a comedy with the action of a high speed chase by a regiment of police and TV news vans while on the road to the Mexican border. Jack Hammond, played by Charlie Sheen, is on the run as an escaped convict and now car thief who takes the carís owner Natalie Voss (Kristy Swanson), hostage. He is pursued by a convoy of cop cars down a California interstate as the pursuit is televised by the news media, who have picked up the scene from their traffic helicopters. While being chased at 90 mph we learn that Jack is escaping the jail sentence he doesnít de-serve and that Natalie is the daughter of billionaire Dalton Voss. From starting the journey as bitter enemies they learn respect from each other and finally fall in love, but what will happen when they reach the border?

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.85:1. There is not much visual excitement of interest and the picture is mostly images of faces rendered with slight problematic fleshtones. Slight grain and noise artifacts are apparent during the nighttime scenes, but otherwise the transfer suffers from no serious artifacts to mar the presentation.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The surround soundtrack is aggressive with extended bass effects whizzing by.
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