WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, James Woods

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42782
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $44.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 179
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 5/1/96
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Credits Information
(Director): Martin Scorsese
(Screenplay/Written By): Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese
(Story): NA
(Music): Robbie Robertson
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dante Ferretti
(Visual Effects): The Matte World
(Costume Designer): Rita Ryack & John Dunn
(Editor): Thelma Schoonmaker
(Supervising Sound Editors): Skip Lievsay
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Barbara De Fina

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.38:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): DTS Matrix Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Casino is a fact-based film from the book by Nicholas Pileggi about the danger, power and seduction that built Las Vegas. Sam “Ace” Rothstein (Robert DeNiro) is chosen by the bosses of the Midwestern mob to oversee their multi-billion dollar Las Vegas operation. There he becomes entangled in destructive relationships with the tempermental Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) and the seductive Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone), who continuously seeks consolation from her ex-husband/pimp (James Woods).

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is exemplary and one of the best pictures ever on laserdisc with eye-popping vibrant colors that jump out at you. Fleshtones are accurate and blacks are deep and solid. Images are sharp and detailed, and contrast is superb. The 2.38:1 picture is antiseptic with no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is a disappointment due to an inconsistent spatial character that emphasizes mono with a surround level that is near non-perceptible. Dialogue has an “in-your-face” annoying loud presence with the other sound elements wanting in fidelity and spatiality.
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