WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Breakdown
Genre:Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey, Jack Noseworthy & Rex Linn

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV334543-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Jonathan Hostow
(Screenplay/Written By): Jonathan Mostow & Sam Montgomery
(Story): Jonathan Mostow
(Music): Basil Poledouris
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Victoria Paul
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Terry Dresbach
(Editor): Derek Brechin & Kevin Stitt
(Supervising Sound Editors): Jon Johnson, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jonathan Fernandez & Harry Colomby
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Martha De Laurentiis & Dino De Laurentiis

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

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
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Breakdown, Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) and his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) are headed for a new life in San Diego, when their carís engine dies in the middle of the southwestern desert. They find help in the form of Red (J.T. Walsh), a seemingly friendly trucker who gives Amy a lift to the nearest diner. But when Jeff shows up at their agreed rendezvous he quickly learns that Redís band of ruthless kidnappers are demanding his entire bank account to get his wife back.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.32:1, exhibits natural color fidelity in all aspects. Images are generally sharp and detailed, with exterior scenes seeming a bit subdued. Shadow detail and contrast are excellent. There is no apparent noise, only occasional artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundstage in the Dolbyģ Digital discrete 5.1 version is slightly wider than the matrix with occasional discrete sound effects and .1 low frequency effects. Dialogue is natural sounding except for the obvious ADR-produced sequences. Overall, both are adrenaline pumping soundtracks and are sure to please.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(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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