WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Getaway, The

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11122
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1972
(LD Release Date): 10/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Sam Peckinpah
(Screenplay/Written By): Walter Hill
(Story): NA
(Music): Quincy Jones
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ted Haworth & Angela Graham
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Robert Wolfe, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): David Foster & Mitchell Brower

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
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The legendary McQueen stars as Doc McCoy, a master thief in this intense cinematic excursion based on the novel by Jim Thompson. In order to be released from prison after serving four years, McCoy offers his unique services to the local political boss. McCoy is then hired to execute a bank robbery, but when the heist goes sour, it sends Doc and his wife (MacGraw) on the run through Texas in an attempt to reach Mexico.

LaserDisc Picture:
The scope 2.35:1 picture is aged but some scenes look terrific and film-like. Overall the picture is plugged, lacking in sharpness and detail. Fleshtones are inconsistent, but colors are vivid. Some slight noise in the dark scenes is visible but generally there are no marring artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished distorted mono with poor fidelity and bright with annoying tape hiss.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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