WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Black Sheep

Reviewed In Issue 22 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Chris Farley, David Spade, Tim Matheson, Christine Ebersole, Grant Heslov & Gary Busey

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV33242-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 86
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 8/8/96
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Credits Information
(Director): Penelope Spheeris
(Screenplay/Written By): Fred Wolf
(Story): NA
(Music): William Ross
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(Production Designer): Peter Jamison
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(Editor): Ross Albert
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(Executive Producers): Robert K. Weiss & C.O. Erickson
(Co-Producers): Dinah Minot
(Producers): Lorne Michaels

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 Digital
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
“Black Sheep” features the hilarious duo from Tommy Boy and TV’s Saturday Night Live in another rowdy adventure. Adolescent and klutzy Mike Donnelly (Farley) is dedicated to helping his brother (Matheson) win the race for Washington state governor, but kills every opportunity for votes with an embarrassing disaster. Naturally, campaign managers insist on keeping him out of the way until the election is over, so they hire wisecracking Steve Dodds (Spade) to babysit. But when Mike learns that the incumbent governor is a crook, he enlists the help of a stolen police car and an American soldier (Busey) in an attempt to expose her before it’s too late.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.82:1 picture is sharp and detailed, exhibiting outstanding quality in all image aspects. Colors are vivid with natural fleshtones and deep solid blacks. There is no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
With subtle differences between the two, this is not a distinguished discrete 5.1 Dolby® Digital soundtrack and is wanting in soundfield surround envelopment. The ADR-produced dialogue lacks spatial integration. The matrix PCM version is preferred for its subtle surround.
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