WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack, Robin Wright, LL Cool J, Donold OíConnor, Jack Warden.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1992-85
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 6/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Barry Levinson
(Screenplay/Written By): Valerie Curtin & Barry Levinson
(Story): NA
(Music): Hans Zimmer & Trevor Horn
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ferdinando Scarfiotti
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Stu Linder
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Charles Newirth & Peter Giuliano
(Producers): Mark Johnson & Barry Levinson

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Toys is an odd combination of drama, comedy, and musical with a touch of horror. Writer/producer/director Barry Levinson has created a masterpiece of screen design full of stunning visual delights and colorful sets. Production designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti and a team of visionary artists have produced a bold experiment in art direction. The action takes place at the Zevo toy factory when the founder, Kenneth Zevo (Donald OíConner) dies and wills control of the company to his brother Leland (Michael Gambon), a rigid, psychotic army general. The story is about the ensuing conflict between the general and the founderís two children, Leslie (Robin Williams) and Alsatia (Joan Cusack). Along with the remarkable and colorful visual elements there are some great gags and the toys are absolutely fabulous!

LaserDisc Picture:
Without proper monitor setup the 1.85:1 transfer is oversaturated, too red, and skin tones are inconsistent. With proper calibration the colors are eye-popping.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Sound is sometimes bright and harsh but effects sound very good and the music is great.
(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:
Superb Cinematography:
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