WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Fear Of A Black Hat

Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Larry B. Scott, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Kasi Lemmons, Rusty Cundeiff.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 5853-85
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 2/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Rusty Cundieff
(Screenplay/Written By): Rusty Cundieff
(Story): NA
(Music): Larry Robinson
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stuart Blatt
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(Editor): Karen Horn
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(Executive Producers): Wm. Christopher Gorog
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Darin Scott

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): Ultra Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Fear Of A Black Hat is billed as the first drive-by comedy and was inspired by the mock-documentary classic This is Spinal Tap. Nina Blackburn (Kasi Lemmons) is a documentary film maker who infiltrates the notorious gangster rap group NWH, known as the most controversial and well-armed band in rap. We follow her as she follows them on their final tour. The groupís members include Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff), Tasty-Taste (Larry B. Scott), and Tone Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence) and between them they share few dull moments with their fascination with guns, women and hats. The dialog is totally profane but very, very funny!

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Overall soft with poor shadow detail the transfer element appears to be a print. The colors are vivid but the overall effect is a pinkish hue for fleshtones that are inconsistent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is essentially mono but has some nice surround envelopment.
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