WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Jeffrey Jones, Kim Griest.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 3631 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 7/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Randall Miller
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael J. Di Gaetano & Lawrence Gay
(Story): NA
(Music): John Debney
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Paul Peters
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Eric Sears, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Dennis Bishop
(Co-Producers): Riley Kathryn Ellis & Jody Savin
(Producers): Joe Roth & Roger Birnbaum

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 SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Houseguest is an outrageously funny situation comedy of a misfit struggling hilariously to find out who he’s supposed to be. Sinbad stars as Kevin Franklin, a get-rich-quick dreamer/con man trying to escape from the mob by impersonating a long-lost friend of the family of a complete stranger, Gary Young (Phil Hartman). Invited to spend the weekend as his guest, he is unaware that he is to give a speech at the local school. But he knows not who he is pretending to be. As the guest of honor at a wine tasting party he discovers he is a famous dentist and soon is called on to perform dental surgery before a group of students. By the time the mob finally catches on to his scam, Young’s very up-tight and dysfunctional family have started to have doubts about his identity, and Kevin finds his escapade as a “houseguest” suddenly much more than he bargained for.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted1.85:1 transfer is sharp and detailed with vivid colors and deep solid blacks, but inconsistent fleshtones. The picture exhibits no distracting artifacts or noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a lively music score that provides surround envelopment.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(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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