WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Fog, The

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Tom Atkins, James Canning,Charles Cyphers, Nancy Loomis, Ty Mitchell & Hal Holbrook

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2
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Carpenter can be heard on the analog commentary track (the other contains Carpenter’s musical score) discussing with producer Debra Hill the technical details of the production. Also on the disc are film and TV trailers, a collection of outtakes, and a presentation on the low-budget special effects.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2846SU
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$49.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1979
(LD Release Date): 10/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Carpenter
(Screenplay/Written By): John Carpenter & Debra Hill
(Story): NA
(Music): John Carpenter
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Tommy Lee Wallace
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Tommy Lee Wallace & Charles Bornstein
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Charles B. Bloch
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Debra Hill

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Following director’s John Carpenter’s success with Halloween his next horror genre foray was The Fog, which stars Adrienne Barbeau and Jamie Lee Curtis, and includes Jamie Lee’s mother, Janet Leigh as well. This highly stylized film is about a haunted fog that terrorizes a California seaside town. When the clipper ship Elizabeth Dane sank off the coast of Antonio Bay, all aboard perished. But now, 100 years later, the crew seems to have returned to terrorize the town. And they are somewhat the worse for wear having been dead and under water that long.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® picture is framed at 2.35:1. Images are sharp and detailed but fleshtones are a bit inconsistent. Blacks are deep and solid with minor noise in the darker scenes. Overall the picture is a pleaser.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is dated and on the bright edge, and undistinguished mono as well.
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