WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home

Reviewed In Issue 17 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg, Jayne Atkinson, Jon Tenney, Elizabeth Peña & Michael Madsen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 18200
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(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): Dwight Little
(Screenplay/Written By): Karen Janszen, Corey Blechman & John Mattson
(Story): NA
(Music): Basil Poledouris
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Paul Sylbert
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(Editor): Robert Brown & Dallas Puett
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(Executive Producers): Richard Donner, Arnon Milchan & Jim Van Wyck
(Co-Producers): Richard Solomon
(Producers): Lauren Shuler-Donner & Jennie Lew Tugend

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, the sequel to the original smash family hit, is a touching humanitarian drama about a unique friendship between Jesse, a 12-year old troubled foster kid (Jason James Richter), and Willy, a 7,000-pound killer whale.

LaserDisc Picture:
The noise and artifact-free Panavision® picture is framed at 2.40:1. Color fidelity is excellent with vivid and rich hues, deep solid blacks, and natural fleshtones.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The filmmakers evidently chose not to use the 5.1 discrete palette in their mix in spite of the enormous opportunity for doing so. The matrix PCM version delivers a more pleasing surround envelopment presence.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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