WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bachelor’s Party

Reviewed In Issue 19 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Hanks, Adrian Zmed, George Grizzard, Barry Diamond, William Tepper, Robert Prescott, & Tawny Kitaen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 144085
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1984
(LD Release Date): 2/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Neal Israel
(Screenplay/Written By): Neal Israel & Pat Proft
(Story): Bob Israel
(Music): Robert Folk
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Kevin Conlin & Martin Price
(Visual Effects): Reel Effects, Inc.
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Tom Walls
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard Leeman & Robert Alsheimer
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Joe Roth
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ron Moler & Bob Israel

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): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Rick Gassco (Hanks) is getting married. So his buddies begin planning the celebration of his life in Bachelor Party. But his fiancée (Kitaen) is worried about their idea of a celebration, and cooks up her own plan to spy on the debauchery. What she and her friends encounter—sex hungry Japanese businessmen and a donkey on cocaine—just might keep the once happy couple from saying “I do.”

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 picture is sharp and detailed, with vivid colors and natural fleshtones. Some scenes are too dark or overly contrasted. Shadow delineation is poor, and while there are virtually no artifacts, slight noise is apparent in the darker scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural with a strident quality.
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