WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray, Michael O’Keefe, Albert Salmi, Scott Colomby, Brian doyle-Murray

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 17215
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1980
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Harold Ramis
(Screenplay/Written By): Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis & Douglas Kenney
(Story): NA
(Music): Johnny Mandel
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Stan Jolley
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): William Carruth
(Supervising Sound Editors): Clive Smith
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jon Peters
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Douglas Kenney

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.72:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
It’s the snobs against the slobs in the inane comedy Caddyshack, and Bushwood Country Club is home to the most outrageous group of golf nuts ever assembled. Pompous Judge Smails (Knight) fumes at loudmouth member Al Czervik (Dangerfield). Zen golfer Ty Webb (Chase) sinks putts by “becoming the ball.” But Bill Murray steals the show as Carl, the gopher-hunting greenskeeper.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture exhibits vibrant colors that are horribly oversaturated with smeared hues and reddish fleshtones. Blacks are deep and undefined throughout. On larger home theatre systems, the picture seems to break apart due to excessive noise. Contrast and shadow delineation are mediocre, with the darkest scenes undefined and wanting in delineation. The picture is wanting in sharpness and fine detail. Artifacts are also apparent. At best, this windowboxed 1.72:1 picture is mediocre.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The undistinguished monaural soundtrack is loud and sounds strident.
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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