WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Amazing Panda Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Stephen Lang, Ryan Slater, Yi Ding.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 16300
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 1/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Christopher Cain
(Screenplay/Written By): John Wilcox & Steven Alldredge
(Story): John Wilcox & Steven Alldredge
(Music): William Ross
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): John Willett
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(Editor): Jack Hofstra, ACE
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(Executive Producers): Gabriella Martinelli
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lee Rich, John Wilcox, Gary Foster & Dylan Sellers

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.91:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Ryan Tyler (Slater) is a young boy separated from his father (Lang), who is the director of a preserve for the endangered giant pandas in China. When Ryan visits his father, he makes a new friend in a Chinese girl (Ding) and the two set out in a desperate attempt to save a baby panda from poachers.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.91:1 picture exhibits excellent color fidelity with natural fleshtones and deep blacks. Colors are vivid, but focus and sharpness are inconsistent. Shadow definition is excellent. Noise is apparent throughout, as are slight artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
There is a beautiful, well recorded music score, natural dialogue, and subtle surround envelopment for a pleasing experience.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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