WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Maniac Cop

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Akins, Laurene Landon, Robert Z’Dar.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 1.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Elite Entertainment
(Catalog Number): EE3425
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1988
(LD Release Date): 12/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): William Lustig
(Screenplay/Written By): Larry Cohen
(Story): NA
(Music): Jay Cattaway
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jonathon Hodges
(Visual Effects): Hollywood Special Effects
(Costume Designer): Dorothy Amos & Margaret Shan Jensen
(Editor): David Kern
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): James Glickenhaus
(Co-Producers): Jef Richard
(Producers): Larry Cohen

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Ultra Stereo
(Theatrical Sound): Ultra Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
There is terror in the streets, and the citizens of New York learn quickly that they can’t turn to the police. Innocent cops pay the price for one maniac cop who stands over six feet tall and patrols the street at night claiming victims instead of protecting them. When Officer Frank McCrae (Atkins) and Officer Theresa Mallory (Landon) encounter him, they learn that he is the corrupt cop Matt Cordell (Z’Dar), who was supposedly killed in jail. Now the department must join forces to defeat him—before he kills again.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Picture quality is poor with virtually no shadow detail. Instead images turn to undistinguishable black resulting in an extremely dark presentation with oversaturated colors, which causes fleshtones to be distorted. Images lack sharpness and detail and slight noise is seen throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack’s music score is dynamic and spatial, with an aggressive presence in the surrounds, with sound effects occasionally aggressive in the surrounds. Dialogue is thin and distorted and the sound is bright.
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Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
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