WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gene Hackman, Al Pacino

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11098
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1973
(LD Release Date): 5/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jerry Schatzberg
(Screenplay/Written By): Gary Michael White
(Music): Fred Myrow
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Al Brenner
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Evan Lottman
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(Executive Producers):
(Producers): Robert M. Sherman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

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:
Scarecrow is the story of two drifters whose chance meeting on the road benefits them both. Max (Gene Hackman), newly released from prison, is on his way to Pittsburgh to open Maxie’s Car Wash with real nylon brushes and natural Mediterranean sponges. He meets up with Lion (Al Pacino) an ex-merchant marine who’s headed for Detroit to see the child he’s never met. He’s carrying a gift for the child—a lamp—since he doesn’t know if it’s a boy or a girl. Together they make their way across the beautifully photographed

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture exhibits an inconsistent and often unnatural appearance, with poorly rendered contrast and mediocre shadow delineation. Colors appear dated with brownish fleshtones and deep, undefined blacks, but other times fleshtones and other hues appear natural. The picture is generally sharp and detailed, but the darker scenes lack natural clarity and definition. Noise and artifacts are apparent and sometimes distracting throughout. The Panavision® frame is measured at 2.32:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that sounds harsh, compressed, strident and distorted.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(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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