WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Forever Young

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mel Gibson, Isabel Glasser, Elijah Wood, Jamie Lee Curtis.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12571
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 06/01/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Steve Miner
(Screenplay/Written By): Jeffrey Abrams
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gregg Fonseca
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Jon Poll (
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Edward S. Feldman & Jeffrey Abrams
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Bruce Davey

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:
Forever Young is a magical story that the whole family can enjoy. It is the romantic adventure of Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson), a daredevil test pilot, flying B-25s in 1939. He has found the love of his life (Isabel Glasser) who is tragically taken from him in an accident. To ease his sorrow he volunteers for a top-secret, cryogenics experiment his long-time pal and confident (George Wendt) is conducting. He is awakened in 1992 to find himself lost and out of step. The two young boys who discover him and one boy’s mother, (Jamie Lee Curtis), help him as he gets one more chance for true love.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is generally sharp and noise-free but a little oversaturated, and a little reddish-orange in scenes. The aspect ratio measures 1.90:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is excellent with good stereo definition and appropriate surround effects for a generally enveloping sound field especially during the last scenes of the movie. The music, composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, is very nice and adds to the romantic feeling of the film.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(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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