WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Dirty Work

Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Norm Macdonald, Jack Warden, Artie Lange, Traylor Howard, Don Rickles, Christopher McDonald, Chevy Chase

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ML107048
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 81
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date): 12/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Bob Saget
(Screenplay/Written By): Frank Sebastiano, Norm Macdonald & Fred Wolf
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard Gibbs
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Gregory Keen
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Beth Pasternak
(Editor): George Folsey, Jr., ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Stephen Grubbs
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Brad Grey & Ray Reo
(Co-Producers): Martha Walters & Richard Stenta
(Producers): Robert Simonds

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In the Bob Saget-directed comedy Dirty Work, Mitch Weaver (Norm Macdonald) and his best pal Sam McKenna (Artie Lange) are not having the easiest time with life now that they’ve reached their 30s. When Sam’s dad needs $50,000 for a heart transplant, they decide to open a business doing what they do best: revenge. So they launch Dirty Work, Inc. and end up trading get-even one-upmanship with the richest guys in town.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.85:1, exhibits fully, if not over saturated color fidelity, with vibrant, eye-popping colors, deep blacks and generally natural fleshtones. Images are genearllysharp and detailed, but sometimes lack clarity and openness. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. There are no distracting artifacts, but noise is often irritating.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Surround encoded soundtrack is a conventional sound design that shifts from aggressive surround to monaural when the music stops. There are occasional aggressive ambient effects that create an effective soundfield. The music is nicely recorded with good bass and an expansive soundstage. Dialogue is generally natural sounding though often wanting in spatial integration.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(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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