WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jim Carrey, Ian McNiece

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23500
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 94
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Steve Oedekerk
(Screenplay/Written By): Steve Oedekerk
(Story): NA
(Music): Robert Folk
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Steven J. Lineweaver
(Visual Effects): Buena Vista Visual Effects, Rhythm & Hues Inc. & Pacific Title Digital
(Costume Designer): Elsa Zamparelli
(Editor): Malcolm Campbell
(Supervising Sound Editors): Michael Hilkene
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Gary Barber
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): James G. Robinson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The just-as-wacky sequel to “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” finds Ace (Carrey), the animal sleuth with the gravity-defying hair and the sanity-defying attitude, jumping into the most challenging case of his career. His latest caper draws him, and his monkey companion, Spike, to the jungle wilds of Africa. Ace’s mission: to find Shikaka, a kidnapped sacred white bat. Although he loves every living creature, his least favorite in the animal kingdom is the flying rodent. He cannot fail, however... the result would be tribal war.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture exhibits excellent image quality, with vivid colors and natural fleshtones. Images are sharp and detailed, except for a slight plugged-up quality. There are no artifacts or noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack’s expansive orchestral score has excellent depth and sounstage imaging. Stereo soundstage directionality is also excellent and there is always subtle or aggressive surround envelopment.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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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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