WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 21 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42733
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 4/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Kevin Smith
(Screenplay/Written By): Kevin Smith
(Story): NA
(Music): Ira Newborn
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Dina Lipton
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Paul Dixon, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard LeGrand, Jr.
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): James Jacks, Sean Daniel, Scott Mosier

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
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Mallrats, the sophomore effort by the master of irreverent comedy, Kevin Smith, Brodie (Lee) and T.S. (London) are dumped by their girlfriends and go to all lengths to win them back. Seeking solace within the comfort of the local mall, the two friends elicit the help of their friends—those denizens of debauchery—Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes & director, Smith) who turn the mecca of conspicuious consumerism—from the Cookie Hut to the Fashionable Male—upside down. Snoochie Boochie!

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 matted transfer exhibits varying sharpness and detail and inconsistent color fidelity with slight noise and artifacts. Fleshtones are generally natural but some scenes appear washed-out, while other appear oversaturated.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack’s music score is bright sounding and predominantly mixed into the surrounds for an aggressive presence. The relationship of dialogue to effects is mismatched in level and dialogue has an in-your-face presence that is completely unnatural.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
(Intense 25Hz Bass):
(Deep Bass Challenging):
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
(Center Back Surround Imaging):
(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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