WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom McGowan, Aaron Schwartz, Shaun Weiss, Tom Hodges, Leah Lail, Paul Feig, Kenan Thompson, David Bowe & Ben Stiller

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 3463 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(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): Steven Brill
(Screenplay/Written By): Judd Apatow & Steven Brill
(Story): NA
(Music): J.A.C. Redford
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stephen Stober
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(Editor): C. Timothy O’Mera, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Judd Apatow & Sarah Bowman
(Co-Producers): Morgan Michael Fottrell & Charles J.D. Schlissel
(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 A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Heavyweights is a Walt Disney production from the creator of The Mighty Ducks. The story is about a group of hungry kids, who upon arrival at their beloved summer camp, learn that it is under new management with a fanatical fitness trainer who’s determined to make them shape up. The new owner wants to keep the kids huffing and puffing so that he can document on video the weight-reducing results of his program to get parents to send their “heavyweights” to his camp. The hilarity of the situation is in the determination of the kids to hang tough in their ways. The young boys team up and strike up a plan of their own to take back their wooded sanctuary in this comedy of enormous proportions.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture exhibits inconsistent color fidelity and inconsistent fleshtones. Images are fairly detailed and sharp, and blacks are deep and solid. The transfer is overall free of noise, grain and artifacts except for noise in the darker scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The manufactured-effect sound has unnatural ADR dialogue and surround envelopment limited to the music 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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