Reviewed July 19th, 1999 by Staff
Overall, White Squall is an entertaining movie starring Jeff Bridges and Scott Wolf (Party of Five fame) and directed by Ridley Scott (Alien / Blade Runner).
The story is about a group of young boys who set sail aboard a ship, the Albatross, to study on the high seas. They stop in on St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Grenada among other places and enjoy losing their virginity, cigarette smoking, facing their fears and drinking way too much coke for their own good. Joining them on the boat including the captain (Bridges), his wife, a cook and a pirate-like English teacher. They learn about life, education and sailing during the duration of the film. One of the ending sequences (not to give anything away) is one of the most astounding ever filmed. It will take your breath away and you should feel the emotional sadness that the film wants to come across.
The video quality of this disc was well prepared by Disney. It is presented in widescreen only and is framed at 2.35:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. For the most part, the image is well done with no visible signs of compression problems, or artifacts. Color details and black seem to be dead on.
Audio is where this disc takes the cake. Presented in DD 5.1, the storm sequences will rock your subwoofer. Deep low bass (LFE) is clear and not distorted. Dialogue seems clear and the sound field will surround you with noise coming from all the channels.
The disc is very well done. The movie is rated PG-13 and runs 129 minutes. The disc includes 21 chapter stops, a French track, a production featurette, a trailer and English closed captions. Highly recommended.
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