WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 28 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, Pamela Reed, Harris Yulin, Burt Reynolds & Larry Drake

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): PolyGram Video
(Catalog Number): ID4382PG
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 91
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Mel Smith
(Screenplay/Written By): Richard Curtis & Robin Driscoll
(Story): NA
(Music): Howard Goodall
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Peter Larkin
(Visual Effects): Ultimate Effects
(Costume Designer): Hope Hanafin
(Editor): Christopher Blunden
(Supervising Sound Editors): Matt Grimes
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Richard Curtis
(Co-Producers): Rebecca O’Brien
(Producers): Peter Bennet Jones, Eric Fellner & Tim Bevan

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Bean finds the hilarious Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr. Bean, as an incompetent museum associate who is assigned to escort the world famous painting of “Whistler’s Mother” to its new home in California’s Grierson Gallery. What the museum owner (Harris Yulin) and his curator David Langley (Peter MacNicol) believe is that the eccentric Mr. Bean is actually renowned art expert Dr. Bean. Langley soon discovers that Bean is a clumsy, constantly mugging museum guard who knows absolutely nothing about the painting. But when something terrible happens to “Whistler’s Mother” just hours before her unveiling, only one man can put it right—and that man is Bean.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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