WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

American Graffiti

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charlie Martin Smith.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42726
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1973
(LD Release Date): 7/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

Credits Information
(Director): George Lucas
(Screenplay/Written By): George Lucas, Gloria Katz & Willard Huyck
(Story): NA
(Music): Various
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dennis Clark
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Aggie Guerard Rodgers
(Editor): Verna Fields & Marcia Lucas
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Gary Kurtz
(Producers): Francis Ford Coppola

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
American Graffiti is George Lucas’ nostalgic comedy about four friends in a small Northern California town who spend the last night of the summer having fun and pondering their futures amidst a rousing backdrop of classic rock ‘n roll tunes.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 picture is dark overall with oversaturated colors and unnatural fleshtones.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
When American Graffiti first screened in MagOptical Stereo with split surrounds, studio execs hated the movie—they had already rejected Lucas’ Flash Gordon (rewritten as Star Wars) and Apocalypse Now (to be shot in 16mm B&W in Vietnam). After its initial drive-in release in mono it became well received and reissued, with three additional scenes, in the “Dolby System,” but nonetheless the sound has an electronically stereo enhanced mono presence.
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