WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Clay Pigeons
Genre:Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 33 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn, Janeane Garofalo, Georgina Cates, Gregory Sporleder, & Scott Wilson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PolyGram Video
(Catalog Number): ID5484PG
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date): 02/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): David Dobkin
(Screenplay/Written By): Matt Healy
(Story): NA
(Music): John Lurie
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Clark Hunter
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Stan Salfas, ACE
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Tony Scott, Guy East & Nigel Sinclair
(Co-Producers): Carrie Morrow & Audrey Kelly
(Producers): Ridley Scott & Chris Zarpas

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the irreverent comedy Clay Pigeons, Clay Bidwell (Phoenix) has a small problem—he’s mistaken for a serial killer by the FBI. But who can blame them? When Agents Shelby and Reynard (Garofalo and Morris) arrive in the small Montana town, Clay’s been connected with four corpses. And of course, the real serial killer is more than happy to let Clay take the fall.

LaserDisc Picture:
The LaserDisc exhibits smeared colors that are often slightly oversaturated in appearance. Images are generally sharp and detailed, but wanting in clarity. Colors are slightly yellow and wanting in better balance. Noise is apparent, but video artifacts are undetected. Contrast and shadow delineation are generally well rendered, though there is an overall dark demeanor to the film. The LaserDisc measures 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.1 soundtrack deliver split surround enhancement that is often effective with occasional center back phantom imaging. The music score is nicely defined with generally good recording quality. The matrix PCM score is pulled toward the center but sounds less equalized at the high-end. The songs are terrific and set a perfect tone to the creepy escapades. Surround is often aggressive with deep, solid bass that is at times directionalized. Dialogue sounds always natural, but is dulled by equalization on the Dolby Digital version. This is a satisfying soundtrack experience that, while inconsistent, will have you grinning.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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