WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cut Throat Island
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin, Patrick Malahide, Stan Shaw.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD60266-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $44.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 4/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Renny Harlin
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert King & Marc Norman
(Story): James Gorman, Bruce A. Evans & Raynold Gideon
(Music): John Debney
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Garwood
(Visual Effects): D-REZ Hollywood
(Costume Designer): Enrico Sabbatini
(Editor): Frank J. Urioste, ACE & Ralph E. Winters, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Micheal Wilhoit
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Mario Kasar
(Co-Producers): John Baldecchi & Lynwood Spinks
(Producers): Joel B. Michaels & James Gorman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): DTS, SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
CutThroat Island is an adventurous swashbuckling saga of pirates, buried treasure, bravery and betrayal. Davis stars as pirate leader Morgan Adams who leads her fearless crew across the Caribbean seeking her father’s hidden treasure. At the same time, they are pursued by her evil uncle (Langella), as well as the nasty British authorities. She engages the help of William Shaw (Modine), a dashing slave who is as quick with his wit as he is with his sword.

LaserDisc Picture:
Shot anamorphicly, the 2.32:1 THX®-quality assured picture is mediocre with vivid colors that are inconsistently rendered and lighting that is problematic, but otherwise a solid picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The “thrill ride” loud 5.1 discrete soundtrack is dramatically more spatial, especially the music score, and dynamic with the Dolby Surround version almost mono in comparison. Dialogue is poorly ADR produced and individual sound elements are not well integrated.
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