WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV32717-WS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 12/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Reginald Hudlin
(Screenplay/Written By): Barry W. Blaustein & David Sheffield
(Story): NA
(Music): Marcus Miller
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jane Musky
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Earl Watson
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Earl Watson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo SR
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Boomerang is the story of a suave womanizing advertising executive (Eddie Murphy) who gets to experience what he has been dishing out when he meets a beautiful woman (Robin Givens) who treats him as cavalierly as he has treated the previous women in his life. Halle Barry plays the sensitive woman who really cares about him. Eddie learns a lesson as he gets his consciousness raised.

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer at 1.78:1 (16:9) looks good with a soft, film-like quality. The colors are consistent but a little too saturated, a little too red, and little too contrasty.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is basically good but the dialogue has a “honk” quality while the surround effects are too subtle and infrequent. When things get loud they tend to sound harsh and bright. Marcus Miller’s music, however, sounds like a CD with excellent stereo separation. As with too many movies the non-music supported scenes sound mono and removed. Too frequently the sound does not provide the sense of a dimensional sound field that matches where the scene takes place. This movie has that inconsistent quality that is noticeable and distracting.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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