WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Mystery Men

Reviewed In Issue 37 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Hank Azaria, Claire Forlani, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Kinnear, William H. Macy, Kel Mitchell, Lena Olin, Paul Reubens, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Stiller, Wes Studi, Tom Waits

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): LD84158WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $29.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 122
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1999
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Kinka Usher
(Screenplay/Written By): Neil Cuthbert
(Story): NA
(Music): Neil Cuthbert
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Kirk M. Petruccelli
(Visual Effects): O’Connor FX, Pop Film & Animation, Rhythm & Hues Studios & Vision Art
(Costume Designer): Marilyn Vance
(Editor): Conrad Buff, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Fred Judkins
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Robert Engelman
(Co-Producers): Steven Gilder
(Producers): Lawrence Gordon, Mike Richardson & Lloyd Levin

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:
From the unique mind of comic book creator Bob Burden come Mystery Men, seven second-string superheros determined to prove their worth in the crime fighting game. Alas, their home town, Champion City, already has a superhero in residence. But, when Captain Amazing (Kinnear) is captured by an evil madman (Rush), the blue collar crew spring into action to show Champion City—and the world—their highly specialized superheroic powers. There’s Mr. Furious (Stiller) who’s really, really angry; Blue Raja (Azaria) who foils his foes with cutlery—when it’s okay with his mom; The Bowler (Garafalo) who seeks to avenge the death of her father with a bowling ball that houses the skull of her murdered pop; Invisible Boy who’s only invisible when no one’s looking; The Shoveler (Macy), who can dig with lightning speed and wields his spade like a Ninja’s sword; Sphinx (Studi), whose never-ending clichés and philosophizing might possibly irritate a bad guy into submission and finally, The Love Child Of Love Canal: The Spleen (the inimitable Paul Reubens), who fends off his oppressors with noxious odious emissions.

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LaserDisc Soundtrack:
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(Deep Bass Challenging): Yes
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): Yes
(Center Back Surround Imaging): Yes
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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