WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Weekend At Bernie’s II

Reviewed In Issue 06 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Terry Kiser, Barry Bostwick.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 53666
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 11/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Klane
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert Klane
(Story): NA
(Music): Peter Wolf
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Bolton
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Peck Prior
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Angiolo Stella
(Co-Producers): Don Carmody
(Producers): Victor Dral & Joseph Perez

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The sequel Weekend At Bernie’s II follows on the heels of the sleeper comedy hit of Summer 1989, with the original cast, Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman and Terry Kiser as the quintessential animated stiff Bernie Lomax. This time the escapade is in a Caribbean setting as the boys set out with Bernie to find the $2 million he embezzled.. A voodoo priestess, and her flunkies bring back to life as a music loving dancing zombie so he can lead them to the hidden loot. Slapstick it is here on out with “The Bernie Shuffle” as only Terry Kiser can. The situations are crazy and action packed, Bernie packs more laughs into this two day junket than any other corpse can.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is punchy with bright, vibrant color and sharp, clear images. No noise artifacts are present. Everything really pops with a “I want to go to the Caribbean sizzle.” The aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is generally good with decent fidelity. There is no effective envelopment of the sound except that the Calypso-flavored music provides a subtle surround effect.
(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
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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