WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Happy Gilmore

Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen & Carl Weathers

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42898
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 7/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Dennis Dugan
(Screenplay/Written By): Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler
(Story): NA
(Music): Mark Mothersbaugh
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Perry Andelin Blake & William Heslup
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(Editor): Jeff Gouson
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(Executive Producers): Brad Grey, Bernie Brillstein & Sandy Wernick
(Co-Producers): Warren Carr & Jack Giarraputo
(Producers): Robert Simonds

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): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is a no-name hockey player whose wicked slap shot converts into a 400-yard tee shot with the potential for big bucks. Happy hits the fairways, turning the Pro Golf Circuit into a contact sport. Throwing tantrums and his clubs on the course, punching fans, his rivals and even Pro-Am participant, TV game show host Bob Barker, Happy outrages the establishment on national TV.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is superb with vibrant colors, natural fleshtones, and deep, solid blacks. Contrast is excellent with sharp and detailed images and virtually no noise or artifacts. The picture is matted at 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is conventional with poorly ADR-recorded and unnatural dialogue. Surround envelopment is virtually non-existent except for an occasional musical interlude. While some effects are in stereo the focus is mono.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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