WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Jon Voight, Eric Stoltz, Jonathan Hyde, Owen Wilson & Kari Wuhrer

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 81756
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Luis Liosa
(Screenplay/Written By): Hans Bauer, Jim Cash & Jack Epps, Jr.
(Story): NA
(Music): Randy Edelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Kirk M. Petrucelli
(Visual Effects): Sony Pictures Image Works
(Costume Designer): Kathy Monderine
(Editor): Michael R. Miller, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Rick Franklin
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Susan Ruskin
(Co-Producers): Beau Marks
(Producers): Verna Harrah, Leonard Rabinowitz & Carol Little

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the special-effects thriller Anaconda, a documentary film crew embarks on a river expedition to find the legendary and undocumented Shirishama Indians. Along the way, they encounter Paul Sarone (Jon Voight), a charismatic loner with a professed knowledge of the elusive tribe. But Sarone has his own motives for driving the crew deeper into the jungles—to track a lethal 40-foot Anaconda—sacrificing anything and anyone to find the deadly serpent.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.35:1, exhibits an overall dark character throughout. Some interior scenes seem plugged up and slightly oversaturated with reddish fleshtones and deep, undefined blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed and the slightest noise and artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The PCM Dolby® Surround soundtrack is engaging with an aggressive presence. The music score is well recorded with excellent soundstage imaging, but the ADR-produced dialogue sounds strident and wanting in spatial integration. Nonetheless, this is a pleasing sonic experience.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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