WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, The

Reviewed In Issue 14 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed, Robin Williams.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 76986
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$44.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1989
(LD Release Date): 5/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Terry Gilliam
(Screenplay/Written By): Charles McKeown & Terry Gilliam
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dante Ferretti
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Peter Hollywood
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(Executive Producers):
(Producers): Thomas Schuhly

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A marvelous imaginative fantasy adventure about the travels and exploits of a legendary 18th century German storyteller. A maddening compilation of inventive special effets and eccentric characters take the viewer on a ride to the moon, the bowels of the earth and the belly of a whale, all the while ensuring fun family entertainment.

LaserDisc Picture:
This Baron features at the opening a segment entitled: “A Moment With The Stars” featuring Gilliam, Eric Idle and John Neville. The picture has been matted at 1.85:1, not 1.75:1 as composed, cutting top and bottom image area that was integral to the composition. But some may prefer this version’s color rendering which is slightly purer and deeper hued.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
As with the previous release the soundtrack is the same and presents a very aggressive Dolby Surround® soundfield with a masterful music score by Michael Kamen that is beautifully recorded.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(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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