WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bye Bye Love

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid, Paul Reiser, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Brenneman, Eliza Dushku, Ed Flanders, Maria Pitillo, Lindsay Crouse & Rob Reiner

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 8751-85
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 8/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Sam Weisman
(Screenplay/Written By): Gary David Goldberg & Brad Hall
(Story): NA
(Music): J.A.C. Redford
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(Production Designer): Linda DeScenna
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(Editor): Roger Bondelli, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Michael MacDonald
(Producers): Gary David Goldberg, Brad Hall & Sam Weisman

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:
Bye Bye Love is a modern comedy with serious overtones about three best friends, all divorced and all with children. They meet regularly on weekends at a fast food McDonald’s, a sort of neutral “unloading/loading” exchange zone, to pick up their kids from their ex-wives. As the story unfolds, the relationships between these single dads and their children are laid bare with the ring of truth showing between the laughs. Brilliant and touching performances effectively communicate what it means to be a family. Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid, and Paul Reiser are the three dads. Rob Reiner is a pop divorce psychologist with a radio show and Janeane Garofalo is the blind-date-from-hell.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture has blatant color distortion for an unpleasant visual experience. Fleshtones are orange-yellow hued while other colors are over saturated. The picture is sharp and detailed and there are no artifacts or glaring noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Subtle surround envelopment is provided by the music score, otherwise the soundtrack is conventional monaural, with an unnatural ADR dialogue presence.
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