WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Good Will Hunting

Reviewed In Issue 29 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Miramax Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13559 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 126
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Gus Van Sant
(Screenplay/Written By): Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
(Story): NA
(Music): Danny Elfman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Melissa Stewart
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
(Editor): Pietro Scalia
(Supervising Sound Editors): Kelly Baker
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Jonathan Gordon & Su Armstrong
(Co-Producers): Chris Moore
(Producers): Lawrence Bender

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): SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Winner of three Academy Awards® including Best Original Screenplay, Good Will Hunting is the tale of a misunderstood genius named Will Hunting (Matt Damon). Wildly charismatic, Will performs menial jobs between drinks at the local bar with his buddies and run-ins with the law. While he’s never been to college, except to scrub the floors at MIT, he can summon obscure historical references from photographic memory and almost instantly solve math problems that frustrate the most brilliant minds. Thwarted by personal anger, Will’s hope lies with Sean McQuire (Best Supporting Actor Robin Williams), a patient and understanding college therapist.

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(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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