WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Batman Forever
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Donnell, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Drew Barrymore

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15100
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 122
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 11/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Joel Schumacher
(Screenplay/Written By): Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler & Akiva Goldsman
(Story): Lee Batchler & Janet Scott Batchler
(Music): Elliot Goldenthal
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Barbara Ling
(Visual Effects): Composite Image Systems, Pacific Data Images, Pacific Title Digital, Rhythm & Hues, The Digital Lab, Illusion Art
(Costume Designer): Bob Ringwood & Ingrid Ferrin
(Editor): Dennis Walker
(Supervising Sound Editors): John Leveque, MPSE & Bruce Stambler, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Benjamin Meiniker & Michael Uslan
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Tim Burton & Peter MacGregor-Scott

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.95:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Kilmer takes over the role that Michael Keaton abandoned in the third installment of the widely successful Batman series. Two twisted villains—the Riddler, played with manic enthusiasm by Carrey and Harvey Two-Face, portrayed by veteran actor Jones—battle it out with the “Dark Knight.” Encouraging Batman in the fight is his new love interest, Dr. Chase Meridian (Kidman) and his new sidekick, Robin (O’Donnell).

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.95:1 and is awash with a kaleidoscope of eye-popping color. Blacks are deep and solid and the picture has no artifacts. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent shadow detail and contrast for a visual experience that is stunning.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Both versions of the soundtrack are a blast and you had better be braced into your seat when things get revved up and the 25Hz deep bass kicks in at reference level. The use of the discrete 5.1 palette is wonderful with energized directional and motion effects throughout the soundfield. But the Dolby Surround® version delivers an even fuller bass soundfield experience, with the discrete better articulated.
(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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