WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

FX- Murder By Illusion

Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Cliff De Young, Mason Adams, Jerry Orbach, Joe Grifasi, Martha Gehman & Roscoe Orman

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2942OR
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1986
(LD Release Date): 3/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Mandel
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert T. Megginson & Gregory Fleeman
(Story): NA
(Music): Bill Conti
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Mel Bourne
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(Editor): Terry Rawlings
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(Executive Producers): Michael Peyser
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Dodi Fayed & Jack Wiener

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:
When the Justice Department wants to stage a fake assassination of an underworld witness to protect him from really being murdered, they contact Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown), Hollywood’s best special effects wizard. But they don’t tell him everything and this may turn out to be his last assignment. A New York detective, played by Brian Dennehy, uncovers a sinister scheme then pulls a startling double-cross himself. With more plot twists than a corkscrew this story will hold your interest right up to the credits.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. The picture is generally sharp, however there are some scene inconsistencies in which colors are either bland or oversaturated. Blacks are solid in the dark scenes and shadow detail is generally good but some artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is conventional with spatially dynamic effects that provide subtle surround envelopment.
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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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