WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cool Runnings

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba, Raymond J. Barry, John Candy

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 2325AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 04/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jon Turteltaub
(Screenplay/Written By): Lynn Siefert, Tommy Swerdlow & Michael Goldberg
(Story): Lynn Siefert & Michael Ritche
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stephen Marsh
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Grania Preston
(Editor): Bruce Green, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Mark Mangini
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(Executive Producers): Christopher Meledandri & Susan B. Landau
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Dawn Steel

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 Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Cool Runnings is a heartwarming comedy inspired by the achievements of the first Jamaican bobsled team. Leon plays a sprinter whose dreams of running in the Summer Olympics are dashed when another competitor accidentally trips him during a qualifying race. Rather than wait another four years for his shot, he decides to enter the Winter Games in a very unlikely sportóbobsledding. With the help of a jovial friend (Doug) and an ex-champion bobsledding coach (Candy), the surprising team sets out to achieve their dream, and in the process, earns the respect and a new-found status as media darlings.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is framed at 1.75:1. It is very sharp and colorful with excellent color fidelity and contrast. There is no apparent grain or artifacts to mar this terrific transfer.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack features a Jamaican-styled music score that provides a nice surround ambiance and aggressive surround effects.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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