WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Peacemaker, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Armin Mueller-Stahl

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID5910DW
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mimi Leder
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Schiffer
(Story): NA
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Leslie Dilley
(Visual Effects): Pacific Data Images, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Shelley Komarov
(Editor): David Rosenbloom, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): J. Paul Huntsman, Victor Iorillo, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Grillo & Laurie MacDonald
(Co-Producers): Pat Kehoe, Leslie Cockburn & Andrew Cockburn
(Producers): Walter Parkes & Branko Lustig

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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:
George Clooney and Nicole Kidman face off with a nuclear terrorist in The Peacemaker. When a train carrying atomic warheads mysteriously crashes in the former Soviet Union, a United States nuclear specialist (Kidman) discovers that the accident was part of a sinister plot designed to cover up the theft of the weapons. She teams up with a special forces officer (Clooney) to track the last remaining warhead to the steps of the United Nations.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 LaserDisc is an exceptional visual experience, with balanced colors that are fully saturated. Images are sharp and detailed, with contrast and shadow delineation nicely rendered. Minor noise is apparent throughout, but overall, the picture will not disappoint.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The discrete 5.1 Dolby® Digital sound design is effectively dimensional with superb spatial delineation. While surrounds are not consistently aggressive, envelopment is exciting with deep and powerful bass extension and thrilling .1 enhancement. At times, .1 LFE reaches below 25Hz. The beautifully recorded orchestral music score sweeps across the soundstage wrapping deep into the surrounds. Sound effects are produced in stereo and the surround presence is aggressive.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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