WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Sela Ward, Breckin Meyer, Sherry Stringfield, Neve Campbell, Mike Myers

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15958AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date): 1/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mark Christopher
(Screenplay/Written By): Mark Christopher
(Music): Marco Beltrami
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Kevin Thompson
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Lee Percy, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Bobby Cohen & Don Carmody
(Producers): Richard N. Gladstein, Dolly Hall & Ira Deutchman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When Shane O’Shea (Ryan Phillippe) finally makes it to the other side of the rope at the elite Manhattan disco, Studio 54, he becomes a part of the most decadent, non-stop party in town, run by the self-absorbed, Steve Rubell (the chameleon-like, Mike Myers).

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.82:1 picture exhibits excellent shadow delineation and contrast, with superb visual information in the darkest scenes. Though some scenes are softly focused, the overall appearance is sharp and detailed. A completely blackened room is required to fully appreciate the spectacular ambience of the nightclub, with its strobe lights, outlandish costumes, vibrant colors and solid blacks. The picture is solid, with minimal noise and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete soundtrack delivers good clarity, especially during the loud music scenes in the club, while the matrix PCM sounds muffled and undefined. While the club scenes are aggressive in surround presence, other scenes on the Dolby Digital version often have no surround signal. Dialogue scenes often collapse the soundfield to mono. Bass response is deep and powerful, but the matrix PCM track rumbles slightly while the discrete is better delineated and enhanced with .1 LFE.
(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): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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