WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Pauly Shore, Stephen Baldwin, William Atherton, Joey Adams & Kylie Minogue

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML 105533
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 6/1/96
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Credits Information
(Director): Jason Bloom
(Screenplay/Written By): Kip Koenig & Scott Marcano
(Story): Adam Leff, Mitchell Peck & Jason Blumenthal
(Music): Andrew Gross
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Johnston
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(Editor): Christopher Greenbury
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(Executive Producers): Michael Rotenberg, Jason Blumenthal, Adam Leff & Mitchel Peck
(Co-Producers): Dan Etheridge & Elain Dysinger
(Producers): Brad Krevoy, Steve Stabler & Brad Jenkel

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
“Bio-Dome” stars Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin as best buddies and partners in sloth, Bud and Doyle: two slackers who would rather waste time than clean waste—and Earth Day is no exception. When their ecologically-correct girlfriends trick them into driving into the Arizona desert, they stumble on what appears to be the opening of an ultra-modern shopping mall and duck in to pee. Too late—they discover that they have compromised an experimental environmentally controlled scientific community called Bio-Dome—and, worse yet, they find themselves sealed in with five scientists who can’t let the duo leave without compromising their data. The rest is nuts as Bud and Doyle systematically destroy, then rebuild, the Bio-Dome’s ecosystem during a solid year without cigarettes, MTV and fast food.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.82:1 matted picture is problematic with inconsistent color fidelity. Some scenes have oversaturated colors while others undersaturated, always on opposite extremes of the spectrum.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is loud with intense punk-rock music and powerful bass. Dialogue is intensive and unnatural ADR-produced, and surround envelops more in the matrix version.
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