WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Huckleberry Finn

Reviewed In Issue 08 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jeff East, Paul Winfield, Harvey Korman, David Wayne, Arthur O’Connell.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML103989
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1974
(LD Release Date): 02/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): J. Lee Thompson
(Screenplay/Written By): Richard B. Sherman & Robert M. Sherman
(Story): NA
(Music): Fred Werner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Philip Jefferies
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(Editor): Michael F. Anderson
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Arthur P. Jacobs

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.30:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is the second Twain tale in the Reader’s Digest series to be made into a musical. It is a tale of a journey down the treacherous Mississippi River by a poor white mischievous adolescent, Huck Finn (Jeff East) and an older runaway African-American slave (Paul Winfield). Together they journey down the river in search of their own personal freedom. The two run into some amusing and frightening adventures and are introduced to eccentric characters along the way. The charming musical numbers give the film an uplifting energy. Unlike the previous Tom Sawyer release, there is no supplemental material to accompany the film. The Shermans again collaborate on the screenplay and songs, but J. Lee Thompson directs.

LaserDisc Picture:
The cropped 2.30:1 picture is marred by noise, video artifacts and grain throughout, and poor shadow detail. The images are a bit softer and flesh tones are on the yellowish side, but color otherwise appears accurate and well balanced.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has good stereo definition and music surround envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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