WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, Paul Henreid, Paul Lukas, Yvette Mimieux, Karl Boehm

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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An isolated music score and the theatrical trailer is included.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ML107605
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 153
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1961
(LD Release Date): 3/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Vincente Minnelli
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Ardrey & John Gay
(Music): André Previn
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): George W. Davis, Urie McCleary & Elliot Scott
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(Editor): Adrienne Farzan, ACE & Ben Lewis
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(Producers): Julian Blaustein

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): CinemaScope
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on Vicente Blasco Ibañez’s novel, The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse tells the story of a prominent French family living in Argentina during World War II. When son Heinrich (Karl Boehm) announces that he has chosen to follow the words of Hitler, the family’s patriarch (Lee J. Cobb) warns him that allegiance to the Nazi Party would bring about the wrath of the four horsemen.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.40:1, is dated; with fully, sometimes oversaturated colors, brownish fleshtones and deep blacks. Some scenes exhibit wonderfully vibrant colors and generally good clarity. Images are wanting in sharpness and detail, partially due to constant noise. Brightness and hue changes are sometimes distracting. Contrast and shadow delineation are mediocre, as is the overall image quality.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
While the soundtrack is definitively "manufactured," the music score is a stabilizing element that is wonderfully stereophonic with an expansive soundstage and excellent imaging. Dialogue, at times, also sounds spatially integrated, and sometimes directionalized, with a natural presence. The Dolby® Digital soundtrack is mostly limited to the front three channels while the matrix PCM delivers effective, sometimes aggressive, surrounds.
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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