WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Island of Dr. Moreau, The
Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3551LI
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 12/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): J. Frankenheimer
(Screenplay/Written By): Richard Stanley & Ron Hutchinson
(Story): NA
(Music): Gary Chang
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Graham “Grace” Walker
(Visual Effects): Stan Winston Studio & Digital Domain
(Costume Designer): Norma Moriceau
(Editor): Paul Rubell, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Mark Fishman
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Tim Zimmerman & Claire Rudnick Polstein
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Edward R. Pressman

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Brando is the demented Dr. Moreau, living on a remote island, whose quest at superseding evolution turns dangerous. Stranded in the open ocean, U.N. diplomat Edward Douglas (Thewlis) is rescued and taken to the island by Moreau’s assistant (Kilmer). Inevitably trapped on the island, Douglas becomes witness to the doctor’s genetic human-animal experiments to create a peaceful sub-species. But Moreau’s beasts revolt in a frenzy of animalistic behavior, threatening the entire island.

LaserDisc Picture:
The widescreen picture has a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and exhibits generally good color fidelity with only slight inconsistencies but natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Colors are rich and warm and contrast is excellent. The images are extremely sharp and detailed with good shadow detail. Some slight noise and the slightest artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is wonderfully spatial in both the matrix PCM and discrete 5.1 Dolby® Digital versions. The discrete excels in dimensional performance with distinct directional sound effects positioned in the split surrounds. The jungle sounds are incredibly discrete and the effect is an aggressive surround soundfield with birds and insects heard all around. Side wall phantom images can be located as well in the discrete version. Bass extension is deep and powerful below 25Hz and the .1 effects are awesome with bass drums and other low frequency effects wrapped into the surrounds. The music score is dynamic with an expansive soundstage presence, but dialogue is ADR-produced and not always well integrated spatially. Nonetheless, this is a terrific reference soundtrack that delivers a truly exciting spatially dimensional experience.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(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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