WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Great Santini, The

Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O’Keefe, Stan Shaw

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22010
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 115
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1979
(LD Release Date): 10/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Lewis John Carlino
(Screenplay/Written By): Lewis John Carlino
(Music): Elmer Bernstein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jack Poplin
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(Editor): Houseley Stevenson
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(Executive Producers):
(Producers): Charles A. Pratt

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.95:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Robert Duvall stars as The Great Santini, a Marine fighter pilot known for his prowess in the air and intense competitive nature. Once his tour of duty is up he begins a new command—his family. His wife (Blythe Danner) and four children have a difficult time adjusting to “lieutenant colonel dad,” especially his eldest son Ben (Michael O’Keefe) who struggles to emerge from the shadow of his overbearing father. Based on the novel by Pat Conroy, The Great Santini is a sure-fire winner with excellent dialogue that is delivered by a stellar cast. Interestingly, the family’s South Carolina home is the same house used in The Big Chill.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, slightly overmatted at 1.95:1, appears dated, but exhibits fully saturated colors with generally natural fleshtones, rich and warm colors and deep, solid blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are mediocre and often wanting in greater visual information in the darker scenes. Interiors appear plugged up and grainy. Overall, the picture exhibits natural colors, but is wanting in clarity, with noise grain and artifacts that often distract.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that sounds distorted, strident and harsh.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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