WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Grumpy Old Men

Reviewed In Issue 10 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis, Buck Henry, Daryl Hannah, Burgess Meredith.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13050
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 07/01/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Donald Petrie
(Screenplay/Written By): Mark Steven Johnson
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Chapman
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(Editor): Bonnie Koehler, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Dan Kolsrud
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): John Davis & Richard C. Berman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.80:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Grumpy Old Men is a quirky yet heartwarming comedy about a fifty-year fight between the best of enemies with a love interest who comes between them. Two funny old men John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Golman (Walter Matthau), are the finicky next-door neighbors whose long running feud becomes a rivalry when an attractive widow (Anne-Margret) moves into the house across the street. The story is set against the backdrop of snowy Minnesota and ice fishing.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.80:1. Images appear to be softly focused and lack the sharpness of the best discs. Outdoor scenes are clear and wonderful. Contrast is a bit wanting and some scenes impart a slight grain. Fleshtones are natural and there are no artifacts to mar what is overall great image quality.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack is well recorded with excellent fidelity and a fine music score that is dynamic and enveloping. The dialogue is perfectly natural and intelligible. The quiet scenes are especially well executed in terms of sound dynamics.
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Superb Cinematography:
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