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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Genre: Musical

Reviewed In Issue 77 (Oct 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

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WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20415
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 111
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1978
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/12/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Michael Schultz
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
On August 10, 1958, Sgt. Pepper, the beloved hero of Heartland, USA, dropped dead while playing music with his band. He left his musical instruments to the town of Heartland, instruments that had the power to make dreams come true, as long as they remained in Heartland

DVD Picture:
Making its widescreen-format debut on home video, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture that can be quite clean, with sharp and detailed images. Sometimes the picture has a soft, hazy appearance that seems to be an intentional look; though minor smearing and loss of finer details was probably not inherent in the source material. The picture is quite colorful, showcasing clothing that could only come from one decade in 2000 years. Contrast can seem a bit low at times. The source element is revealing of some artifacts and film grain, but nothing that appears excessive. Edge enhancement and pixelization are not much of a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1 remastered soundtracks both sound pleasant as a result of the music, an homage to the Beatles, with an active, engaging soundstage presence. (The majority of this soundtrack is the music.) Imaging across the screen is delightful and panoramic, and there