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Police Academy
20th Anniversary Special Edition
Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 84 (May 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, G.W. Bailey, Bubba Smith, Donovan Scott & George Gaynes

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
This 20th Anniversary Special Edition includes a scene-specific group audio commentary track featuring director Hugh Wilson, producer Paul Maslansky, and actors Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Leslie Easterbrook, and Michael

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 31972
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.97
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1984
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/06/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Hugh Wilson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
Also available in the seven-movie DVD set "Police Academy: The Complete Collection" ($104.86).

Story Synopsis:
When the police force practices were lowered as far as hiring new recruits for the Metropolitan Police Academy, the city had no idea what was in store for it. The bumbling group of wanna be cops who turned out to protect their community was a challenge that even the great Lt. Harris (Bailey) wasn

DVD Picture:
Available for the first time in widescreen, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 picture exhibits images that can have a smeared quality. Colors are bright, with fleshtones appearing a bit ruddy at times, and blacks that are deep, but undefined. The source element is revealing of some artifacts and grain, and there are minor fluctuations in brightness. The picture is also noticeably

The dynamic range and the overall quality of the Dolby