WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Billy Madison

Reviewed In Issue 18 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Adam Sandler, Bradley Whitford, Josh Mostel, Bridgette Wilson, Norm MacDonald, Darren McGavin

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42442
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 8/1/95
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Credits Information
(Director): Tamra Davis
(Screenplay/Written By): Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler
(Story): NA
(Music): Randy Edelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Perry Blake
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Marie-Sylvie Deveau
(Editor): Jeffrey Wolf
(Supervising Sound Editors): Jerry Ross & KimberlyA. Harris
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Fitch Cady
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Robert Simonds

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 Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital Sound
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Television’s Saturday Night Live writer/comedian, Adam Sandler stars as Billy Madison in an outrageously ridiculous comedy about the heir to his father’s (McGavin) billion dollar chain of Madison Hotels. Billy is a spoiled rotten, lazy moron who lives merely to enjoy himself. Figuring he can loaf until his father retires, Billy is stunned to learn that Mr. Madison is not leaving him the business. The only thing in Billy’s way is his lack of education. He gets inspired and bets his father that he can return to school and pass grades 1 through 12 in just twenty-four weeks—and if he fails, the company’s VP weasel gets to take over.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is sharp and detailed with excellent color fidelity, natural fleshtones, and deep blacks. Shadow detail is excellent and the picture is solid with no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is conventional enough no to be exceptional. But there are the occasional sound effects that add some subtle ambience in stereo.
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