WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Debbie Harry, Ricki Lake, Michael St. Gerard, Jerry Stiller, Ric Ocasek & Pia Zadora

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3768LI
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1988
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Credits Information
(Director): John Waters
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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): Ultra Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Ultra Stereo
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(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In 1962, when hairstyles were high and mighty, the teenagers of Baltimore had dreams of dancing on the Corny Collins Show. John Waters’ Hairspray takes a humorous look at Tracy Turnblad’s (Ricki Lake) struggle to make it on the show and beat the reigning dance princess Amber Von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick). Tracy has all the right moves, huge hair and a big grin. But Tracy’s one flaw—her weight—is what Amber, and her evil parents (Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry) use to try to bring her down. But with the help of her own parents (Divine and Jerry Stiller) and her interracial friends, Tracy manages to take the crown.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is extremely and obnoxiously colorful, exhibiting natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Interior images look slightly plugged up, however. Images, otherwise, are generally sharp and detailed with good contrast and shadow detail. Only the slightest noise and artifacts are apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack features a 50s/60s rock and roll score that sounds very bright. The music dominates while the dialogue collapses with the rest of the production.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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