WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 33 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Barry Sullivan & Martha Hyer

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 1
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): The Roan Group
(Catalog Number): RGL 9643
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1963
(LD Release Date): 04/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Julio Coll
(Screenplay/Written By): Louis De Los Arcos & Sidney W. Pink
(Music): Jose Sola
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Margaret Ochoa
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Sidney W. Pink & Richard C. Meyer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.58:1

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:
When married engineer Vance Pierson (Sullivan) tried to break off the torrid affair he was having with Laura Blanco (Hyer), he had no way of knowing her anger would reach such a boiling point. After Laura sets fire to his house, killing his wife and child and scarring him forever, the guilt-ridden “thing without a face” sets out on a path of unwavering revenge against her in the psychological horror thriller Pyro. Includes audio commentary by producer Sidney W. Pink plus a reprint of original theatrical release press materials.

LaserDisc Picture:
Major video artifacts are distracting from the opening credits and throughout the entire picture. The dated LaserDisc appears underexposed, with poor contrast. Blacks lack true depth and color balance is inconsistent and lacking a natural appearance throughout. Images are wanting in sharpness, completely lacking any kind of fine detail. Clarity is poor and colors appear smeared and plugged-up. Noise is irritating throughout the movie, and picture quality is poor and problematic. The LaserDisc is matted at 1.58:1

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is unistinguished monaural that sounds compressed with background noise and distortion.
(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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