WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Black Snake
Genre:Adult Drama

Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID3480RM
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 82
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1973
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Russ Meyer
(Screenplay/Written By): Russ Meyer & Len Newbauer
(Story): Russ Meyer & A. James Ryan
(Music): William Loose
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Rick Heatherly
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Fred Baratta
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Russ Meyer

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.25:1

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):

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LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.25:1 picture is dated and wanting in sharpness and detail, with opening titles even blurry. The picture is inconsistent, and often undersaturated, with blacks lacking true depth and definition. Other scenes, fleshtones take on the predominant background color, for instance, two men standing in a garden appear slightly greenish. Colors are undefined throughout. Sourced from a bad film print, the picture is problematic and wanting in natural clarity throughout. Noise is distracting, as are artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that sounds compressed, strident and harsh, as well as 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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