WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Keith Carradine, Tina Majorino, Keith Szarabajka & Chelsea Field

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV33138-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 2/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): George Miller
(Screenplay/Written By): Dana Baratta
(Story): NA
(Music): Bruce Rowland
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): William Elliott
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Harry Hitner & Patrick Kennedy
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Peter Locke & Donald Kushner
(Co-Producers): Sue Baden-Powell & Dana Baratta
(Producers): Annette Handley & Adam Shapiro

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.30:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Andre is a family film based on the true story of the seal who swam hundreds of miles each summer to visit the family who rescued him when he was an orphaned pup. Keith Carradine stars as a Maine harbor master, who finds the baby seal and takes care of him with the help of his nine-year-old daughter Toni, played charmingly by Tina Majorino. She names the seal Andre. Soon Toni and Andre are inseparable and overcoming objections from the local fishermen he even becomes a celebrity in the local harbor. With the onset of winter however, he can no longer stay in the harbor, and so the family decides to place Andre in a Boston aquarium to be set free to live his life in the wild in the spring. But incredibly, each spring Andre swims home.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® scope frame has be slightly recomposed at 2.30:1. The picture is sharp with vivid colors and deep, solid blacks. Color fidelity and fleshtones are a bit inconsistent and some artifacts are evident.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is conventional monaural embellished with stereo music.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield):
(Aggressive Split Surround):
(Center Back Surround Imaging):
(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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