WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

I. Q.

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Walter Matthau, Charles Durning, Stephen Fry, Lou Jacobi, Joseph Maher & Gene Saks

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV 32678-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(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): Fred Schepisi
(Screenplay/Written By): Andy Breckman & Michael Leeson
(Story): Andy Breckman
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stuart Wurtzel
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(Editor): Jill Bilcock
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Scott Rudin & Sandy Gallin
(Co-Producers): Neil Machlis
(Producers): Carol Baum & Fred Schepisi

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In I.Q. Walter Matthau gives a humorous performance as the famed physicist who un-dully plays matchmaker for his spirited niece (Meg Ryan) and his mechanic (Tim Robbins) in this romantic comedy set in the 1940’s. An interesting mix of themes here: love and in-telligence. As if any are rational when dealing with such an irrational emotion as love? The story has Professor Einstein perplexed as to how to lure his niece Catherine away from her stuffy British fiancé (Stephen Fry) and into the arms of her perfect love match, a sweet-natured auto mechanic. Never to be underestimated, Uncle Albert proves that the power of love is true nature.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Panavision® scope picture is framed at 2.35:1. Fleshtones are natural and the picture is sharp and detailed, with natural colors. Shadow detail is excellent and there is no noise or grain or artifacts for an extremely visually satisfying experience.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
This is a typical manufactured soundtrack with in-your-face unnatural ADR dialogue and little in the way of even subtle surround ambient envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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