WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

History Of The World Part 1

Reviewed In Issue 06 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman, Ron Carey

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1114-85
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1981
(LD Release Date): 8/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mel Brooks
(Screenplay/Written By): Mel Brooks
(Story): NA
(Music): John Morris
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Harold Michelson & Stuart Craig
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John C. Howard
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Mel Brooks

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A hilarious jaunt through the evolution of society from the caves to the French Revolution, as envisioned by Mel Brooks. Aided and abetted by some of the funniest comedians in Hollywood, Brooks satirizes every walk of life, religion and politics, with complete disregard for historical accuracy or the boundries of good taste.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is a pristine transfer perfectly framed at 2.35:1. Colors are brilliant and beautiful. Everything is sharp, clear and detailed even in the shadows and the disc is free of noise and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is mono, but still sounds very good, especially the wonderful narration by Orson Welles.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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