WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Air Up There, The

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Bacon, Charles Gitonga Maina, Yolanda Vasquez, Winston Ntshona.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 2546AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 06/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Paul M. Glaser
(Screenplay/Written By): Max Apple
(Story): NA
(Music): David Newman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Roger Hall
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(Editor): Michael E. Polakow
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(Executive Producers): Lance Hool & Scott Kroopf
(Co-Producers): Conrad Hool
(Producers): Ted Field, Rosalie Swedlin & Robert W. Cort

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Air Up There is a comedy about a young and witty assistant college basketball coach (Kevin Bacon) at St. Joseph College who finds himself next in line for the retiring coach’s seat. Faced with arrogant and elite competition for the post by a high-class recruit, he happens to notice a potential basket ball star in a video promoting missionary efforts in the African village of Winabi. Dolan soon finds himself abroad luring the 6-foot 10-inch tall future king back to the States for a glitzy professional career in basketball.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is sure to please with vibrant colors, sharply defined blacks, good shadow detail, excellent contrast and no distracting artifacts. Fleshtones are naturally rendered. But a grain virus mars this otherwise excellent picture. The picture has been matted at 1.75:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack has good surround envelopment and directional effects. The spatial sound effects in the Africa location scenes are wonderful. The music score is well recorded and spatially dynamic for a pleasing presence.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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