WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dennis The Menace

Reviewed In Issue 06 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Christopher Lloyd, Mason Gamble, Walter Matthau, Lea Thompson.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 17000
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 10/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Nick Castle
(Screenplay/Written By): John Hughes
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James Bissell
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Alan Heim, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ernest Chambers
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): John Hughes & Richard Vane

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.90:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dennis The Menace, written and produced by John Hughes, is based on Hank Ketcham’s popular comic strip, with newcomer Mason Gamble playing the part of Dennis to perfection. This 5-year-old dynamo’s fresh, mischievous and cheery nature captivates even when he is most naughty. He just can’t help himself. His curiosity always overcomes, to the consternation of his favorite but crotchety neighbor Mr. Wilson, played by a lovable Walter Matthau.

LaserDisc Picture:
The film is matted at 1.90:1. The picture is gorgeous without a trace of video artifacts. Flesh tones appear natural and the scene-to scene color fidelity and contrast is excellent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack features a beautifully recorded music score by Jerry Goldsmith which extends spaciously into the surrounds. Stereo separation and dynamics are excellent.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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