WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Albino Alligator

Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, Gary Senise, William Fichtner, Viggo Mortensen, John Spencer, Skeet Ulrich, M. Emmet Walsh & Joe Mantegna

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 10460 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date): 8/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Kevin Spacey
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DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.38:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Academy Award®-winning actor Kevin Spacey’s directorial debut Albino Alligator is a fresh thriller! Three petty crooks—Doom (Matt Dillon), Milo (Gary Sinise) and Law (William Fichtner)—escaping from a bungled robbery in New Orleans, find themselves at Dino’s Last Chance Bar, a well-preserved Prohibition landmark tucked away under street level. With Milo critically wounded, Law and Doom take refuge and five hostages as the street fills with police, sharpshooters and a hoarde of media awaiting the finale.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, which takes place mostly at night and inside a bar, exhibits excellent shadow detail and contrast. Images are generally sharp and detailed, sometimes presenting a soft focus. Color fidelity is rich and warm with generally natural fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture is framed at 2.38:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete and PCM soundtracks share a natural quality, particularly in the spatially integrated dialogue. There is a slight widening of the soundstage image in the discrete with.1 low frequency effects. Both versions deliver an aggressive surround presence, but no strong split surround envelopment in the discrete.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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