WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cops And Robbersons

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Chevy Chase, Jack Palance.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 58716
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 93
(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): Michael Ritchie
(Screenplay/Written By): Bernie Somers
(Story): NA
(Music): William Ross
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stephen J. Lineweaver
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(Editor): Stephen A. Rotter & William S. Scharf
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ned Tanen, Nancy Graham Tanen & Ronald L. Schwary

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): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Cops & Robbersons is a hit family comedy starring the hilarious Chevy Chase as a mild-mannered middle class accountant whose obsessive dreams of becoming a cop come true when a real officer, wonderfully played by Jack Palance in a gritty and co-medic performance, convinces Chase and his suburban family to let him and his young partner use their home for an extended stakeout to bust a dangerous counterfeiter (Robert Davi, License To Kill) who is living next door. Palance’s situation becomes one of “uncle Jake” befriends the family. The predicament is an instant humors nest for Chase’s fast moving physical comedy, which ultimately endangers the whole operation.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 matted picture has an inconsistent quality with suspect fleshtones that are reddish hued and some apparent grain and noise in the darkest scenes. The picture, however is extremely sharp and detailed to the point that the actor’s makeup is easily discerned.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a delicate surround ambience that envelops. The William Ross music score is terrific and extremely well recorded. Directional effects enhance the presentation.
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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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