WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Brewster McCloud

Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, Michael Murphy, Shelley Duvall.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML100466
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1970
(LD Release Date): 02/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Altman
(Screenplay/Written By): Doran William Cannon
(Story): NA
(Music): Gene Page
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): George W. Davis & Preston Ames
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(Editor): Louis Lombardo
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lou Adler

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Brewster McCloud is a irreverent comedy about a serial killer who is actually a enigmatic angel (Sally Kellerman) protector to a young man (Bud Cort) who builds a self-propelled flying suit beneath the Houston Astro-dome. Shelly Duvall appears in her first role as an Astrodome tour guide with her trademark egg-sized eyes. Weird, yes, but nevertheless fascinating as director Robert Altman weaves a wildly improbable plot, rich satirical screenplay and manic humor. While a cult hit today, this was a bomb and lost money. It is definitely an acquired taste.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture on this 2.35:1 transfer has apparent grain with visible artifacts. Images have a natural color balance but colors are a bit overall subdued.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The monaural soundtrack is passable but undistinguished.
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