WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Heavy Metal

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
The Voice Talents Of Roger Bumpass, John Candy, Jackie Burroughs, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Martin Lavut, Marilyn Lightstone, Eugene Levy, Alice Payton, Harold Ramis, Zal Yanovsky

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 74656
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1981
(LD Release Date): 7/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Gerald Potterton
(Screenplay/Written By): Dan Goldberg & Len Blum
(Story): NA
(Music): Elmer Bernstein
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Gross
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Janice Brown
(Supervising Sound Editors): Peter Thillaye
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Leonard Mogel
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ivan Reitman

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): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Heavy Metal is the animation classic based on original art and stories by Richard Corben, Angus McKie, Dan O’Bannon, Thomas Warkentin and Bernie Wrightson about a glowing green orb that spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Songs from artists including Black Sabbath, Devo, Stevie Nicks and Journey are featured.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture exhibits vibrant colors and deep solid blacks. Noise is apparent in the darker scenes and there are serious artifacts, but the picture is sharp and detailed with good contrast.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack provides a very loud presence with fidelity on the bright side. The standard reference level is exceeded and dialogue is “manufactured” sounding. Surround is aggressive with powerful bass extension reaching below 25Hz.
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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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