WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Francois Truffaut.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 76866
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1980
(LD Release Date): 10/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Steven Spielberg
(Screenplay/Written By): Steven Spielberg
(Story): NA
(Music): John Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Joe Alves
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(Editor): Michael Kahn, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Julia Phillips & Michael Phillips

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.28:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Spielbergís classic sci-fi fantasy about humankindís first meeting with extraterrestrials. Impressive special effects by Douglas Trumbull. Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography.

LaserDisc Picture:
Recomposed at a 2.28:1 aspect ratio, the picture is inflicted with extreme grain and noise artifacts. Inaccurate fleshtones are rendered with a reddish hue and other colors are exaggerated as well.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sonics are marred by an out-of phase transfer. Fidelity is harsh as well, but there is effective bass extension to 25 Hz associated with the space ship scenes.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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