WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Bad News Bears, The

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, Vic Morrow.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV8863-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1976
(LD Release Date): 6/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Michael Ritchie
(Screenplay/Written By): Bill Lancaster
(Story): NA
(Music): Jerry Fielding
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Polly Platt
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(Editor): Richard A. Harris
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Stanley R. Jaffe

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:
The Bad News Bears is the chaotic baseball comedy featuring Walter Matthau as a former minor-league pitcher, Coach Morris Buttermaker, who takes charge of a little league of left-overs called the Bears. After the first game, Buttermaker’s Bears become disillusioned with their coach, forcing him to put his beer can down and listen to them. When Buttermaker puts on the team Amanda Whurlizer (Tatum O’Neal), the fact that she’s a girl is redeemed by her mean curve ball. Amanda helps reel in the best athlete around and soon, the Bears are having fun and winning. But as the end of the season approaches, it becomes evident to the players that winning is the only important thing to Buttermaker—until their last game.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 matted picture is of generally poor quality with inconsistent color fidelity and oversaturated colors in some scenes while in others, colors appear washed-out. Still other scenes look fine. These inconsistencies virtually define scene cuts suggesting this transfer was compiled from various source elements. Images are sharp and detailed, however, and noise is virtually non-existent, though slight artifacts are apparent

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished and compressed mono with virtually no bass.
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