WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Baby’s Day Out

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Joe Mantegna, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Haley, Cynthia Nixon & Fred Dalaton Thompson

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 8639-85
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 1/1/1995
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Patrick R. Johnson
(Screenplay/Written By): John Hughes
(Story): NA
(Music): Bruce Broughton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Doug Kraner
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(Editor): David Rawlins
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(Executive Producers): William Ryan
(Co-Producers): William S. Beasley
(Producers): John Hughes & Richard Vane

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Baby’s Day Out is an outrageous comedy by the Home Alone writer/producer John Hughes. This time nine-month old “Baby Blink,” the son of high-society parents, outsmarts three baby-nappers posing as child photographers when they take him from his home in an affluent Chicago suburb. Blink easily escapes from the bumbling trio and takes himself on a day’s adventure in the city mirroring the pictures in his favorite book Baby’s Day Out, which his nanny often reads him. Chased by the three Stooges-style kidnappers, played by Joe Mantega, Joe Pantoliano, and Brian Haley, Blink miraculously escapes from danger, and out of their clutches, leaving the three banged, bruised and sore. This is a blissfully funny romp.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is sharp and detailed with no grain, noise or artifacts to mar its pristine quality. Natural fleshtones, vivid colors, deep blacks all contribute for a solid, naturally great look.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is wonderfully spatial with a great music score and effective effects.
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