WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Inspector Gadget

Reviewed In Issue 38 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett, Joely Fisher, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael G. Hagerty, Andy Dick, Cheri Oteri & D.L. Hughley

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 15802AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 78
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1999
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): David Kellogg
(Screenplay/Written By): Kerry Ehrin & Zak Penn
(Story): Dana Olsen & Kerry Ehrin
(Music): John Debney
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael White & Leslie Dilley
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Thom Noble & Alan Cody
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Jon Avnet, Barry Bernardi, Ralph Winter, Aaron Meyerson & Jonathan Glickman
(Co-Producers): Lou Arkoff & Jean Chalopin
(Producers): Jordan Kerner, Roger Birnbaum & Andy Heyward

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.80:1

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:
Wowser! Remember that great cartoon by Andy Heyward, Jean Chalopin & Bruno Bianchi called Inspector Gadget? Well, this isn’t it. What it is is a live-action version starring Matthew Broderick as a mild-mannered security guard who is nearly exterminated by the evil Dr. Claw (Everett). Brilliant scientist Dr. Brenda Bradford (Fisher) puts her robotics theories to the test and transforms him into the ultimate crime-fighting tool.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.80:1 LaserDisc exhibits a very pleasing picture. Images are sharp and finely detailed. Colors are naturally rendered with accurate fleshtones, vibrant hues and deep blacks. The LaserDisc stands as an impressive example of its format. There are no distracting artifacts or noise for a picture that will surely please throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is a fine sonic presentation. The dialogue production is first-rate, with voices sounding very natural and with excellent spatial integration. Sound effects are consistently spacious and enveloping, and are effectively distributed to the split surrounds. The matrix Dolby Surround PCM audio delivers a downright impressive sonic experience in its own right.
(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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