WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, David Morse & Angela Bassett

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15041
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 150
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Zimeckis
(Screenplay/Written By): James V. Hart & Michael Goldenberg
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ed Verreaux
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Arthur Schmidt
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Joan Bradshaw & Lynda Obst
(Co-Producers): Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan
(Producers): Robert Zemeckis & Steve Starkey

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Carl Sagan and his story with Ann Druyan, Contact tells the story of Dr. Ellie Arroway (Foster in a passionate role), a brilliant astronomer who receives the first extraterrestrial radio response from space. Ellie must fight for her rightful place as leader of the scientific investigation and struggle to be the single representative to leave Earth and explore the new world of unknown galaxies (where she hopes to make contact).

LaserDisc Picture:

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(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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