WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

8 Seconds

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin, James Rebhorn, Carrie Snodgrass.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2606LI
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 9/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John G. Avildsen
(Screenplay/Written By): Monte Merrick
(Story): NA
(Music): Bill Conti
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): William J. Cassidy
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(Editor): J. Douglas Seelig
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(Executive Producers): Cyd LeVin & Jeffrey Swab
(Co-Producers): Tony Mark
(Producers): Michael Shamberg

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): DTS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
8 Seconds is based on the true story of legendary young bull-rider Lane Frost who fights to achieve his childhood dreams on his road to fame as a bull-riding champion in the rodeo circuit. Luke Perry plays Lane, a decent young man with high ideals and a goal to succeed as a rodeo star. With his companions Tuff Hedeman (Stephen Baldwin) and Cody Lambert (Red Mitchell) he tours the bull-riding circuit and quickly be-comes a legend, winning many competitions and becoming the first out of 334 to ever ride the Red Rock bull in 8 seconds.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.85:1. Images are rendered with vivid color and a natural look. Fleshtones are slightly discolored having an orange hue. Otherwise the image is solid with no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack features a country and western score by Boll Conti with guest performers Vince Gill and Reba McEntire. Minimal surrounds and the dialogue is a bit subdued or harsh in some scenes.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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