WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12962
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 12/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Ivan Reitman
(Screenplay/Written By): Gary Ross
(Story): NA
(Music): James Newton Howard
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): J. Michael Riva
(Visual Effects): Buena Vista Visual Effects
(Costume Designer): Richard Hornung
(Editor): Sheldon Kahn, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert Grieve
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Joe Medjuck & Michael C. Gross
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lauren Shuler-Donner & Ivan Reitman

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.95:1

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:
Dave is a witty political satire starring Kevin Kline as Dave, an off-the-wall temp agency recruiter whose uncanny resemblance of the President finds himself being pursued by the Secret Service to be a visual stand-in. His act becomes extended when something serious befalls the real President and Dave finds himself performing the ultimate masquerade, complete with a First Lady and all the dirty politics of the President’s men.

LaserDisc Picture:
This is a gorgeous looking image with a soft, yet sharp quality. The matted transfer has an aspect ratio of 1.95:1. Dark scenes have excellent shadow detail and contrast. Color fidelity is excellent except for a slight pinkish tint to flesh tones. There is not a trace of artifacts to mar the picture quality.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is superbly recorded with exceptionally clear dialogue. Overall, it is very well balanced with a subtle surround envelopment. Shawn Murphy’s recording of James Newton’s fine music score is wonderful and exemplary of the finest CD recordings.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(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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