WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bull Durham

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl, William O’Leary, David Neidorf

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3217OR
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1988
(LD Release Date): 10/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ron Shelton
(Screenplay/Written By): Ron Shelton
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Convertino
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Armin Ganz
(Visual Effects): Cinema Research Corporation
(Costume Designer): Larry Kemp Lone Berdes, M.P.S.E.
(Editor): Ron Leighton & Adam Weiss
(Supervising Sound Editors): Larry Kemp & Lon E. Bender, MPSE
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): David V. Lester
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Thom Mount & Mark Berg

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
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bull Durham is a delightful comedy about two of America’s favorite pastimes: baseball and sex. Kevin Costner plays Crash Davis, a has-been catcher who’s back in the minor leagues and is given an assignment to prepare a cocky young pitcher—“Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins)—for the jump to the majors. Susan Sarandon stars as Annie Savoy, a baseball groupie and the team’s unofficial trainer who wants to help with Nuke’s preparation. The three are soon involved in a love triangle that keeps the laughs coming.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.85:1 picture is sharp and detailed with a natural look. Colors are vivid with natural fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. The picture is clean with no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is a bit bright and dialogue is too forward and out of balance with the scene ambience, but otherwise there is good surround ambiance and envelopment with superb Foley sound effects.
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