WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Born To Be Wild

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Will Horneff, Helen Shaver, John C, McGinley, Leif Tilden, Jean Marie Barnwell & Peter Boyle

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 14500
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Gray
(Screenplay/Written By): John Bunzel & Paul Young
(Story): Paul Young
(Music): Mark Snow
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Roy Forge Smith
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(Editor): Maryann Brandon
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(Executive Producers): Brian Reilly
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert Newmyer & Jeffrey Silver

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:
Born To Be Wild is a comedy about a communicative and playful three-year-old gorilla named Katie who finds a friend in 14-year-old Rick (Wil Horneff) when he rescues her from a cage as a side-show attraction. The gorilla, who has lived in a research facility and been trained to speak in sign language by Rick’s mother, is reclaimed by her former owner (Peter Boyle) and sadly penned up as an attraction at a flea market. Rick unchains Katie from her cage and with the help of a young environmentalist friend escapes with Katie. Pursued from California to Canada their fun-filled, exciting and often dangerous adventures are full of narrow escapes and fun for the entire family.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Fleshtones are undersaturated and the overall look is soft, lacking the vividness of the better transfers. Otherwise the picture has a pleasing naturalness. Some noise permeates the picture but there are virtually no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has subtle surround envelopment provided by often effective stereo sound effects and a dynamic music score. However, the sound is excessively bright.
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