WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42692
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(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): Chris Noonan
(Screenplay/Written By): George Miller
(Story): NA
(Music): Nigel Westlake
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Roger Ford
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Marcus D’Arcy & Jay Friedkin
(Supervising Sound Editors):
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): George Miller, Doug Mitchell & Bill Miller

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): DTS Matrix Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital Sound
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the book The Sheep-Pig, By Dick King-Smith, Babe is a delightful fable that is filled with fun and laughter. When Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins Babe (voice by Christine Cavanaugh) in a raffle, he sees more in the little pig than just Christmas dinner. At his fairytale farm, Babe finds it difficult to stay within the order of animal life because of his admiration of his surrogate sheepdog mother. When Babe helps rescue Farmer Hoggett’s sheep from thieves, the old man gives him a chance at herding—and is shocked by Babe’s performance. Braving the authorities and ridicule, Hoggett enters Babe into the championship sheepdog trials and, with great dignity, Babe brings pride and excitement to all.

LaserDisc Picture:
Few LaserDiscs can touch the exemplary picture quality of this 1.85:1 transfer. Images are sharp and detailed, with wonderfully vivid colors and no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The matrix soundtrack is delightful and well recorded. The sound is expansive, with an enveloping music score, delightful voice overdubs, and three mice directionally positioned, who introduce each scene.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz):
(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
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(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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