WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Excess Baggage

Reviewed In Issue 28 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, Jack Thompson, Nicholas Turturro & Harry Connick, Jr.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 82306
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Marco Brambilla
(Screenplay/Written By): Max D. Adams, Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais
(Story): Max D. Adams
(Music): Lohn Lurie
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Missy Stewart
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
(Editor): Stephen Rivkin, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Patrick Dodd
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): B. Casey Grant
(Producers): Bill Borden & Caroline Kessler

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Excess Baggage stars Alicia Silverstone as Emily T. Hope, a neglected rich girl who resorts to a series of dangerous stunts to gain her father’s attention—all to no avail. So, there’s only one thing left to do... kidnap herself and hold herself for ransom. Disguising her voice, she calls her father and outlines her demands. Then she duct tapes her ankles, wrists and mouth and locks herself in the trunk of her BMW—the very same BMW that a professional car thief (Benicio Del Toro) has targeted as his next prize.

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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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