WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Blue Chips
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Nick Nolte, Shaquille OíNeal.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV 32741-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 8/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): William Friedkin
(Screenplay/Written By): Ron Shelton
(Story): NA
(Music): Nile Rodgers, Jeff Beck & Jed Leiber
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James Bissell
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(Editor): Robert K. Lambert, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Ron Shelton & Wolgang Glaties
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Michele Rappaport

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.83:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
William Friedkinís superbly crafted Blue Chips tells the story of college basketball and how the game has been corrupted with below the table dealings for top high school prospects. Nick Nolte plays the part of Pete Shell, the basketball coach of the Western University Dolphins who is on the verge of the first losing season of his career. His frustration leads him to search for new talent, finding it in a trio from different parts of the country. However he soon realizes that in order to keep pace with recruiting he will have to forgo his ideals and deal in hard cash. Baseball greatís Larry Bird and Bob Cousy, who plays Westernís Athletic Director, and appearances from many different baseball college stars lend the movie authenticity, however the message is a cry for a re-turn of honesty in recruiting.

LaserDisc Picture:
The artifact-free 1.83:1 matted picture has excellent color fidelity with good contrast and accurately rendered fleshtones for a very natural look. Images are sharp and detailed and the color is vivid with deep blacks. The picture quality is sure to please.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The basketball court scenes make this soundtrack a winner. A great music score adds to the excitement.
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