WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 38 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Terence Stamp

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): LD84157-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1999
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Frank Oz
(Screenplay/Written By): Steve Martin
(Story): NA
(Music): David Newman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jackson DeGovia
(Visual Effects): Illusion Arts, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Joseph G. Aulisi
(Editor): Richard Pearson
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Karen Kehela & Bernie Williams
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Brian Grazer

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:
Bobby Bowfinger (Martin) is a struggling producer who needs a break. So when his accountant writes a screenplay, Bobby decides he needs Hollywood’s biggest name for the starring role. The trouble is, Kit Ramsey (Murphy) doesn’t want to be in his movie. No matter. He’ll just film Kit when he’s not looking!

LaserDisc Picture:
The LaserDisc seems slightly soft when viewed on larger home theatre displays. The picture is still very pleasing. Colors are naturally rendered with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered for a picture that will surely please. There are no artifacts or noise on this 1.85:1 LaserDisc.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel discrete soundtrack is a nice sonic presentation. The soundfield and sound effects are biased toward the screen, and surround envelopment is subtle. The music is dynamic and fills the listening space. Fidelity throughout the soundtrack is remarkable. Voices are natural-sounding and spatial integration is impressive. While the matrix PCM delivers a slightly more spacious surround soundfield, the discrete offers somewhat cleaner, deeper bass and a soundfield that is more refined in spatial dimension.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(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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