WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Police Story 2
Genre:Action Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jackie Chan, Bill Tung & Maggie Cheung

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID5853LI
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1988
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(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jackie Chan
(Screenplay/Written By): Jackie Chan & Edward Tang
(Story): NA
(Music): J. Peter Robinson
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Oliver Wong
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Peter Cheung
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Raymond Chow
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Leonard Ho

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.32:1 picture exhibits oversaturated smeared colors that are vibrant, undefined and unnatural. Fleshtones are orange in hue, and black levels are deep, but lack definition. The picture varies in sharpness. Contrast and shadow delineation are poorly rendered. Interior scenes often appear plugged-up and there is distracting noise throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround soundtrack sounds manufactured with poorly dubbed English dialogue that is terribly out-of-sync with the picture. None of the sound elements sound particularly natural, though aggressive spatial dimension is achieved with extensive wrapping of sound effects. Processing of the sound is extensive and fidelity is bright in character, though at times bass extends low with good dynamic power.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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