WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

McHale’s Navy

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Arnold, David Alan Grier, Dean Stockwell, Debra Messing, Tim Curry & Ernest Borgnine

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 43307
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
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(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bryan Spicer
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DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.80:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital Sound
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The present day McHale’s Navy, based on the 1962-1966 TV series, finds little has changed in the continuous search for fun among the lucky sailors stationed at the tiny Caribbean base of San Ysidro. Retired Lt. Commander Quinton McHale (Tom Arnold) operates his own brand of free enterprise around the nearby islands. But when a hard-nosed officer (Dean Stockwell) takes command of the base and the mad schemes of a power-hungry Russian Major (Tim Curry) pose a real threat to McHale’s idyllic way of life, it appears the good times are over.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.80:1 picture is excellent, exhibiting natural color fidelity with accurate fleshtones, rich colors and deep, solid blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, with excellent shadow detail and contrast. There is virtually no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is dynamic with an aggressive surround presence and deep bass impact punctuated with explosions. The music score is well recorded and expansive. Dialogue is mostly ADR-produced and wanting in spatial integration.
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