WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42571
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 10/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): Brad Silberling
(Screenplay/Written By): Sherri Stoner & Deanna Oliver
(Story): NA
(Music): James Horner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Leslie Dilley
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Michael Kahn, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Steven Spielberg, Gerald R. Molen & Jeffrey A. Montgomery
(Co-Producers): Jeffrey Franklin & Steve Waterman
(Producers): Colin Wilson

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): DTS Digital Sound
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Casper is a kids (and adults) fest of action animated adventure. Based on the original Harvey comic characters, the movie captures the spirit of Casper, “the friendly ghost” with a 90’s twist in dazzling special effects. Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman), a trained ghost therapist, and his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) have been hired to exorcise Whipstaff Manor. The greedy owners of the house benefit in it’s cleansing due to some hidden treasure. When the two move in what they find in the old house is a friendly but lonely young ghost named Casper, who’s really just looking for a friend. While Casper befriends Kat, Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso (The Ghostly Trio), become annoyed as it’s against house rules to allow “fleshies” inside.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is THX® Laser Disc Program certified and is among the program’s best efforts to achieve the highest resolution possible on the LaserDisc format. The picture is sharp and detailed, and solid throughout with barely a noise artifact, and then limited to the darkest of scenes. Shadow detail is exemplary as well. Fleshtones are accurate and blacks are deep and solid with excellent picture contrast.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Exclusively released theatrically in the DTS® Digital format the DTS Surround soundtrack is stunning and certainly one of the best 5.1 discrete sound designs to be produced in the format. While a discrete 5.1 DTS Coherent Acoustics® version is rumored to be imminent, the aggressive surround presence on this edition is exemplary, supported by deep bass extension and powerful dynamics. Casper soars! Seeing (and hearing) is believing!
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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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