WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 34 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Gena Rowlands, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Bruce Davison, The Voice Talent Of Jay Mohr

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID5913DW
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1998
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): John Roberts
(Screenplay/Written By): Laurie Craig
(Story): NA
(Music): John Debney
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dennis Washington
(Visual Effects): The Computer Film Company
(Costume Designer): Mary Zophres
(Editor): Bruce Cannon
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Ginny Nugent
(Co-Producers): Michele Weisler
(Producers): Mark Gordon, Gary Levinsohn & Allison Lyon Segan

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

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:
A talking parrot with a mind of his own stars in this family comedy filled with good-humored adventure. After Paulie is taken from the little girl he loves, he goes in search of her accompanied by new human friend Ivy (Rowlands). But Paulie’s ability to speak beyond simply “parroting” words, soon gets him into heaps of trouble when bad-guy animal researchist Dr. Reingold (Davison) realizes that Paulie is a real phenomenon Craving fortune and fame, Dr. Reingold stops at nothing to capture the precocious parrot.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.75:1 LaserDisc exhibits pleasing quality in all visual aspects. Colors are rich and vibrant, while fleshtones appear slightly orange. Contrast and shadow delineation are perfectly rendered with superb visual information in the darkest scenes. There is minor noise apparent, but there are no distracting artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The discrete 5.1 Dolby® Digital soundtrack deliver greater dynamic impact than the rather conventional matrix PCM rendering. The orchestral music score is nicely produced with a more expansive soundstage on the discrete version with excellent imaging and depth. Sound effects are produced in stereo and the surround presence is often aggressive, and in discrete mode, directionalized with at times center back surround phantom imaging. Paulie’s voice, of course, is ADR produced, but otherwise dialogue generally sounds natural.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(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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