WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Patch Adams
Genre:Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Daniel London, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bob Gunton, Irma P. Hall, Josef Sommer, Peter Coyote, Michael Jeter, Harve Presnell, Richard Kiley

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 44421
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Tom Shadyac
(Screenplay/Written By): Steve Oedekerk
(Story): NA
(Music): Marc Shaiman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Linda DeScenna
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Judy Ruskin-Howell
(Editor): Don Zimmermann, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Michael Hilkene
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Marsha Garces Williams & Tom Shadyac
(Co-Producers): Steve Oedekerk & Devorah Moos-Hankin
(Producers): Barry Kemp, Mike Farrell, Marvin Minoff & Charles Newirth

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

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:
Robin Williams stars as Patch Adams in this based-on-a-true-story comedy-inspiration-drama. Patch Adams is a doctor who believes that healing is encouraged through laughter and good spirits. He is surprised to discover that many of his colleagues do not agree with, or condone, his laughter-as-medicine approach. But even at the risk of his career, Patch pulls out all the stops to dispense a daily dose of mirth to those in his care.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.32:1 LaserDisc picture exhibits pleasing quality with superb color balance. Images are sharp and detailed with good detail and clarity. Some of the darkest scenes are a bit plugged-up, but exhibit pleasing shadow delineation and contrast. Minor digital compression artifacts are apparent in the darker scenes. Though slightly soft, the LaserDisc is pleasantly rendered throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Digital 5.1 discrete soundtrack is better delineated and more engaging than the otherwise excellent matrix PCM audio. Spatial dimensionality is nicely enveloping. The discrete soundtracks are more open sounding compared to the fuller, but less detailed matrix version. Split surround engagement is not dramatic but subtle effective and surround energy at times is aggressive, and as well there effective center back surround imaging. Dialogue sounds natural throughout with excellent spatial integration. The music score is nicely presented with an expansive soundstage and generally well recorded.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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