WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

As Good As It Gets

Reviewed In Issue 29 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Skeet Ulrich & Shirley Knight

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21706
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 139
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): James L. Brooks
(Screenplay/Written By): Mark Andrus & James L. Brooks
(Story): Mark Andrus
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bill Brzeski
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Richard Marks, ACE
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Laurence Mark, Richard Sakei & Laura Ziskin
(Co-Producers): John D. Schofield & Richard Marks
(Producers): James L. Brooks

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Academy Award®-winners Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt star in As Good As It Gets, a sharp-witted comedy about Melvin Udall (Nicholson), an obsessive-compulsive romance novelist and Carol Connelly (Hunt) the motherly waitress at the cafe he regularly patronizes. Melvin finds a rare ally in Carol, who takes his tirades in stride, but is quick to reprimand him when she feels he has gone too far. But Melvin’s carefully ordered life is disrupted when he is asked to care for the dog of his soft-spoken homosexual neighbor (Greg Kinnear), and when Carol begins missing work due to her son’s serious illness. Melvin must take matters into his own hands to help his neighbor and get his waitress back—so his life may finally be as good as it gets.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(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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