WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Enemy Of The State
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, Gabriel Byrne

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15969AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 131
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Tony Scott
(Screenplay/Written By): Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Regina King, Loren Dean, Jake Busey, Barry Pepper, Gabriel Byrne
(Story): NA
(Music): Trevor Rabin & Harry Gregson-Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Benjamin Fernandez
(Visual Effects): Mill Film, Ltd.
(Costume Designer): Marlene Stewart
(Editor): Chris Lebenzon
(Supervising Sound Editors): George Watters, II
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Chad Oman, James W. Skotchdopole & Andrew Z. Davis
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jerry Bruckheimer

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A successful Washington, D.C. attorney, Robert Clayton Dean (Smith), unknowingly takes possession of evidence tying a top official to a political murder in Enemy Of The State. With lethal precision, a team of National Security agents target every aspect of Deanís life in order to discredit him and retreive the incriminating evidence.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.32:1 LaserDisc exhibits a picture that is sharp and detailed throughout. Color fidelity is naturally rendered, with fully saturated hues and pure blacks. Imagery seems slightly smeared. Contrast and shadow delineation are superb, with a natural gradation of visual information between darkness and picture black. There is minor noise, but no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolbyģ Digital 5.1 discrete and matrix Dolby Surround soundtracks deliver solid, stunning sonic performances. Although the matrix offers a slightly more spacious soundfield, the 5.1 audio has the edge for enhanced deep bass through the .1 LFE channel, and a more expansive soundstage. Trevor Rabinís music is a surefire winner for this soundtrack, with a sweeping, engulfing presence, and plenty of low-end. Speaking of the low-end, you wonít be disappointed by the generous amounts of deep bass extending to below 25Hz in the LFE and all other channels. The dialogue is well recorded, but spatial integration could be improved. The sound effects are creatively placed in the three-dimensional listening space to provide a correlate to the on-screen action. This is a soundtrack that is energized, aggressive, and sure to please all that favor action-paced films from Jerry Bruckheimer.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): Yes
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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