WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

D3: The Mighty Ducks

Reviewed In Issue 25 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Nordling, David Selby, Heidi King, Joss Ackland.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 9182 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 2/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Robert Lieberman
(Screenplay/Written By): Steven Brill & Jim Bernstein
(Story): Kenneth Johnson & Jim Burnstein
(Music): J.A.C. Redford
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stephen Storer
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(Editor): Patrick Lussier & Colleen Halsey
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Steven Brill & C. Tad Devlin
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jordan Kerner & Jon Avnet

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 Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Coach Bombay (Emilio Estevez) and the original Ducks are back in D3: The Mighty Ducks, the second sequel to the 1992 smash The Mighty Ducks. When Bombay informs the team that he is moving on, he leaves the Ducks with a new school, a new mascot, a new coach that seems to be their worst nightmare and a new captain after Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson) loses his position. With a JV vs. Varsity showdown coming up, the Ducks and their opponents engage in a series of outrageous pranks to prepare.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.85:1, exhibits excellent color fideliy throughout. Some scenes appear to be slightly hazy, but generally images are sharp and detailed with excellent shadow detail and contrast. Only the slightest noise is apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.1 discrete soundtrack effectively uses the split surround capability and is preferred over the matrix PCM. Both versions have nicely spatial soundfields that aggressively wrap into the surrounds. The music score is well recorded with an excellent soundstage presence. Dialogue, however, is distorted and poorly integrated.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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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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