WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Calendar Girl

Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jason Priestly, Gabriel Olds, Jerry O’Connell, Steve Railsback.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 51466
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 02/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Whitesell
(Screenplay/Written By): Paul W. Shariro
(Story): NA
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bill Groom
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(Editor): Wendy Greene Bricmont, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Penny Marshall & Elliot Abbott
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Debbie Robins & Gary Marsh

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 A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Calendar Girl is a coming of age story that takes place in the spring of 1962 when three high school friends, about to enter into adulthood and a new life, borrow a convertible and drive to Hollywood to meet their dream Calendar Girl. Jason Priestley stars as Roy Darpinian, the smooth talking teen who persuades his buddies, college bound Ned, (Gabriel Olds) and soon to be married Dood (Jerry O’Connell), to accompany him on the journey from Nevada to California to make a date with Marilyn Monroe. In the end the three characters mature from the experience.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted to the standard 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Flesh tones are slightly off, but colors look natural, although understated. Overall, the picture is soft, perhaps intentional. No artifact or noise distractions are present.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a well defined stereo stage in several scenes. Dialogue is always intelligible and natural. But the real highlight is the dynamic music score featuring a number of popular ’60s hits. It is the music that provides a sense of surround envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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