WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

City Slickers II - The Legend Of Curly’s Gold

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Jon Lovitz, Jack Palance.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 71196
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 12/1/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Paul Weiland
(Screenplay/Written By): Billy Crystal , Lowell Gantz & Babaloo Mandel
(Story): NA
(Music): Marc Shaiman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stephen J. Lineweaver
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(Editor): William Anderson, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Peter Schindler
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Billy Crystal

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 & SDDS (8) Digital
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Mitch Robbins (Crystal) convinces his buddies to head out west in search of a hidden treasure from a mysterious map found the hat of his deceased cowboy friend Curly. There they meet Curly’s sea loving twin brother (Palance) and set out on familiar obstacles and humorous mishaps.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has been matted at 1.85:1. Colors are vivid but fleshstones are oversaturated. The picture is sharp and detailed with excellent shadow definition. The actors makeup can be discerned due to the exceedingly excellent resolution. Blacks are deep and solid. The outdoor scenes are spectacularly rendered which heightens the enjoyment of the western scenes. The slightest grain and noise is apparent but those imperfections I found not distracting from the wonderful imagery and character this picture ex-hibits. There are but minor artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is superb and was theatrically released in both DTS Digital and Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS). The SDDS presentation that I heard theatrically was very impressive. On this disc the remarkabe full orchestral recording of Marc Shaiman’s ecstatic score by Shawn Murphy soars with spatial envelopment. Bass extension is excellent as are dynamics. Sound effects and Foley are well defined and dialogue intelligibility is excellent. The horse stampede provides a thrilling sonic and visual event.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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