WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

CB4: The Movie

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Deezer D, Phil Hartman, Arthur Evans, Theresa Randle, Willard E. Pugh, Richard Gant & Charlie Murphy

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41601
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 09/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Tamra Davis
(Screenplay/Written By): Chris Rock, Nelson George & Robert LoCash
(Story): Chris Rock & Nelson George
(Music): John Barnes
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Nelson Coates
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Earl Watson
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Sean Daniel & Brian Grazer
(Co-Producers): William Fay & Chris Rock
(Producers): Nelson George

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:
When CB4 was in the theatres, some critics harshly condemned the film as profane and un-funny. It definitely is profane (the language is raw to say the least), but it is an amusing satire, good for quite a few laughs. If you like Chris Rock on Saturday Night Live, you’ll probably get a big kick out of this movie. The story is about a group of middle-class kids who form a “gangsta rap” group and pretend to be real tough guys. Of course they achieve fame and fortune, and live “large” until the actual bad guys catch up to them.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality on this disc is generally excellent, but a few scenes are a little soft and a little noisy. Most of the disc is bright and sharp with good color.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Sound quality is very good with great sounding music featuring a chart-topping rap superstars, lots of bass and good surround effects, but the surround field seems to grow and then collapse and dialogue quality is inconsistent, sometimes sounding hollow and mono.
(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:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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