WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Barb Wire
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Pamela Anderson Lee, Temuera Morrison, Victoria Rowell, Jack Noseworthy, Xander Berkeley, Udo Kier & Steve Railsback

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PolyGram Video
(Catalog Number): 800 639 927-1
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $34.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 8/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): David Hogan
(Screenplay/Written By): Chuck Pfarrer & Ilene Chaiken
(Story): Ilene Chaiken
(Music): Michael Colombier
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(Production Designer): Jean-Phillipe Carp
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(Editor): Peter Schink
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(Executive Producers): Peter Heller
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Mike Richardson, Todd Moyer & Brad Wyman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The second American civil war is pushing the entire nation into a state of chaos. The only remaining neutral city is Steel Harbor, home to the Hammerhead Bar and Grille and its voluptuous proprietress, Barb Wire (Pamela Anderson Lee). Based upon Chris Warner’s Dark Horse comic character, Barb is a reformed freedom fighter for the resistance, a self-declared neutral citizen and part-time bounty hunter. She must traverse the war zone and face the forces of evil if there is any hope of world peace. Includes footage not shown in theatres of Barb getting hosed down bare-breasted.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.82:1 picture exhibits excellent color fidelity with vivid colors, natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks. Although sharp and detailed, with excellent contrast and shadow detail, slight noise and artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is extremely dynamic with powerful bass extension to below 25Hz, even in the surround channels. Surround presence is aggressive with enveloping spatial ambience.The music score is dynamic and and expansive with excellent soundstage width and imaging. Dialogue is ADR-produced, but generally is integrated spatially
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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