WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dear God

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf, Maria Pitillo, Tim Conway, Roscoe Lee Browne, Jon Seda, Donal Logue, Anna Maria Horsford, Nancy Marchand & Hector Elizondo

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV32558-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
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Credits Information
(Director): Garry Marshall
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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 Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Greg Kinnear stars in Garry Marshall’s Dear God as Tom Turner, a down-on-his-luck money-scamming con artist who is offered jail time or work to pay for his fraud charges. So Tom heads over to his local chaotic Post Office where his cousin gets him a job in the DLO—the Dead Letter Office where letters to Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and God end up. In the DLO, Tom and his pals (including Tim Conway and Laurie Metcalf) begin a con of divine proportions, drawing both good and bad attention to the mysterious “God Squad” that has been answering citizens’ letters to a higher power.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture looks mostly natural with good color fidelity, natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are generally sharp and detailed with good shadow detail, though overall appears to be darkly rendered. Only the slightest noise is apparent in some scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is terrific with a nicely produced music score and dialogue that is spatially integrated and sounds generally natural, though at times is positioned in the wrong channels
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