WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Peterson, Alyssa Milano.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42903
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 10/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): James Foley
(Screenplay/Written By): Christopher Crowe
(Story): NA
(Music): Carter Burwell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Alex McDowell
(Visual Effects): Buena Vista Visual Effects
(Costume Designer): Kirsten Everberg
(Editor): David Brenner
(Supervising Sound Editors): Howell Gibbens
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Karen Kehela
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Brian Grazer & Ric Kidney

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
What begins as an innocent first romance turns to deadly obsession when a charming young man, David (Mark Wahlberg), sets his sights on a 16 year-old girl in Fear. Isolated in the woods and surrounded by water, Nicole (Reese Witherspoon) has a beautiful home to grow up—or become trapped—in. Her father, Steve (William Peterson) is uneasy upon meeting David and soon discovers the young man isn’t who he appears. And when David betrays her trust—Nicole’s rejection unleashes a side of him she never wanted to see.

LaserDisc Picture:
The framed 2.35:1 picture is exemplary in all image aspects, particularly the naturalness of the picture. The slightest artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is conventional with “manufactured” ADR-produced forward dialogue that is poorly integrated with the scenes. Stereo effects and a well recorded rock and orchestra music score are the soundtrack’s attributes, offering a very aggressive surround presence. Throughout numerous scenes, the powerful low frequency bass extension delivers thrilling and aggressive soundfield excitement.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
(Center Back Surround Imaging):
(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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