WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Computer Animation

Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
The Voice Talents Of Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Anne Bancroft, Jane Curtin, Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Lopez, John Mahoney, Paul Mazursky, Grant Shaud, Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone & Christopher Walken

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID5915DW
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 83
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date): 08/99
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Eric Darnell & Tim Johnson
(Screenplay/Written By): Todd Alcott, Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz
(Story): NA
(Music): Harry Gregson-Williams & John Powell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Bell
(Visual Effects): Pacific Data Images
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Stan Webb
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard L. Anderson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Penney Finkelman Cox, Sandra Rabins & Carl Rosendahl
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Brad Lewis, Aron Warner & Patty Wooton

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
For Z (Woody Allen), life is no picnic. He’s an insignificant worker with big dreams—dreams of getting noticed by the beautiful Princess Bala (Sharon Stone) in Antz, the computer animation marvel from DreamWorks and Pacific Data Images. But when Z convinces his soldier ant friend (Sylvester Stallone) to switch places with him, his mundane life takes on heroic proportions as he enters the termite war and even ventures into the world outside his colony.

LaserDisc Picture:
The computer-animated 1.85:1 LaserDisc picture exhibits a superb picture and is remarkably natural, with breathtaking sharpness and clarity. Colors are richly saturated with deep blacks. Every aspect of image quality is absolutely stunning with no distracting artifacts or noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital audio is dynamic, but excessively bass-driven with low frequency response emphasis centered at about 40Hz. Bass often extends to below 25Hz, even in the split surround channels, and is further .1 LFE enhanced. Sound effects are nicely dimensional across the soundstage. The music score is generally well recorded except for the unnaturally emphasized, sometimes, room-shaking bass. Dialogue is, of course, ADR-produced and is not particularly well integrated to fit spatially within scenes, sounding quite forward and for lack of a better term, manufactured. The matrix PCM version is similar in sounding processed, but overall the sound quality is not as transparent as the discrete digital versions.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): Yes
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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