WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Good Morning, Vietnam

Reviewed In Issue 24 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 7820 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $44.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1987
(LD Release Date): 3/9/97
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Barry Levinson
(Screenplay/Written By): Mitch Markowitz
(Story): NA
(Music): Alex North
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Roy Walker
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Keith Denny
(Editor): Stu Linder
(Supervising Sound Editors): Bill Phillips
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Ben Moses & Harry Benn
(Producers): Mark Johnson & Larry Brezner

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): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Good Morning Vietnam is the critically acclaimed uproarious comedy that won Robin Williams an Oscar® nomination. When Adrian Cronauer (Williams) arrives in Saigon, he is a wisecracking disc jockey who wakes the GIs in the morning with rapid-fire humor and hits from back home. The hot-headed Army brass is up in arms over his anti-establishment tone on the otherwise staid, sanitized airwaves. But when he witnesses the seriousness of a world gone mad, the smile on Cronauer’s face becomes a casualty of war.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, matted at 1.82:1, exhibits good color fidelity with fully saturated colors, natural fleshtones and deep blacks. There are inconsistencies in image sharpness, some scenes being very hazy. There is slight noise and minor artifacts apparent.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack sounds dated and not particularly well produced though dialogue generally sounds natural with good spatial integration. Surround is sometimes aggressive, but the stereo imaging is pulled toward the center. Overall, fidelity and spatial dimension is wanting.
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(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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