WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Fabulous Baker Boys, The

Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Live Entertainment
(Catalog Number): LD68910-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1989
(LD Release Date): 2/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Steve Kloves
(Screenplay/Written By): Steve Kloves
(Story): NA
(Music): Dave Grusin
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jeffrey Townsend
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Lisa Jensen
(Editor): William Steinkamp
(Supervising Sound Editors): J. Paul Huntsman
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Sydney Pollack
(Co-Producers): Bill Finnegan
(Producers): Paula Weinstein & Mark Rosenberg

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
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This is the story of two piano-playing brothers who have entertained in every cocktail lounge and hotel that they could book, but as business is slow, decide to hire a glamorous singer to spice up their act. The brothers Jack (Jeff Bridges) and Frank Baker (Beau Bridges) hire Susie Diamond, played by Pfeiffer, a beauty with a terrific voice who gives their act a touch of class which attracts a following. This is a heartwarming story of love, hopes and dreams set amid wonderful music and superb performances.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. While contrast is excellent fleshtones are inconsistent. Blacks are deep and solid with good shadow detail. The picture looks good overall and there are no distracting artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack was scored by Dave Grusin and the music is wonderful. The music provides the sole subtle ambience, nothing else. This is another conventional exercise in outdated movie sound. The movie would be mono if not for the fine score.
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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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