WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
The Voices Of Jason Alexander, Tom Hulce, Tony Jay, Paul Kandel, Charles Kimbrough, Kevin Kline, Demi Moore, David Ogden Stiers & Mary Wickes

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12354 AS
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
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Credits Information
(Director): G. Trousdale & K. Wise
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DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): DTS Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel and filled with great new music, Disney never ceases to astound with its 34th full-length animated masterpiece, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. With his gargoyle pals Victor (Charles Kimbrough), Hugo (Jason Alexander) and Laverne (Mary Wickes) urging him, Quasimodo (Tom Hulce), the bell ringer, ventures beyond the walls of the Notre Dame cathedral. Defying the authority of his evil guardian, Frollo (Tony Jay), Quasi is exposed to unexpected cruelty by the citizens of Notre Dame. But when he is rescued by the gypsy Esmeralda (Demi Moore), he has no choice but to do the same for her and her friend Phoebus (Kevin Kline).

LaserDisc Picture:
The THX®-quality picture, matted at 1.82:1, exhibits superb quality throughout. Color fidelity is excellent with vibrant colors, and deep, solid blacks. The animated images are extremely sharp and detailed with no noise or artifacts. This is yet another Disney masterpiece.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtracks are wonderful with excellent dimensional presence and fidelity. A slight difference is found in the PCM matrix and DTS® versions, which present a slightly warmer character. The .1 low frequency effects in the Dolby® Digital and DTS discrete versions extend bass response deepest to below 25Hz with slightly more energy than the matrix. The aggressive surround presence is pleasing, with the discrete versions delivering pronounced split surround envelopment for a better defined dimensional soundfield, especially on the DTS version. The music score is superb—the highlight of the soundtrack—with a wide and articulate soundstage that exhibits excellent depth and imaging.
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