WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Liar Liar

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Tilly, Swoosie Kurtz, Amanda Donohoe, Jason Bernard, Mitchell Ryan, Anne Haney, Justin Cooper & Cary Elwes

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 43309
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $44.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 87
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Tom Shadyac
(Screenplay/Written By): Paul Guay & Stephen Mazur
(Story): NA
(Music): John Debney
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Linda DeScenna
(Visual Effects): Optical Illusions, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Judy Ruskin
(Editor): Don Zimmerman, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Michael Hilkene
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): James D. Brubaker & Michael Bostick
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Brian Grazer

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): DTS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Liar Liar is a funny and emotional story about a man who is torn between the seduction of materialism and the love of his son. Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a successful lawyer, but an unreliable father. His five year old son, Max (Justin Cooper), has learned through time to take Fletcher’s promises with a grain of salt—and when he blows out the candles on his birthday cake, wishes his dad will not tell a lie for one day. Miraculously, his innocent wish comes true and, for the next 24 hours, Fletcher can’t lie to save his life. From the moment Maz blows out the candles, the comedic talents of Jim Carrey come alive as Fletcher tries to say anything but what is really on his mind. An outstanding supporting cast—with the talents of Swoosie Kurtz, Cary Elwes and Jennifer Tilly—adds to the spirited comedy.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.85:1, exhibits a natural quality throughout. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent shadow detail and contrast. Color fidelity is superb, with fully saturated colors, natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks. Only the slightest noise is apparent, with some minor artifacts, but nothing that is distracting from this hilarious movie.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
There are no dramatic differences between the Dolby® Digital and matrix Dolby Surround PCM linear soundtracks. A subtle widening of the soundstage is heard on the discrete version, but surround presence is essentially mono as it is on the PCM version. Dialogue sounds natural throughout and the music score is nicely recorded, though sometimes veiled in presence. Surrounds presence is generally subtle with only moments of aggressive music score ambiance.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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