WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Distinguished Gentleman, The

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Eddie Murphy, Lane Smith, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Joe Don Baker, Victoria Rowell.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score:
Internet Links


DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1716AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 5/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Jonathan Lynn
(Screenplay/Written By): Marty Kaplan
(Story): Marty Kaplan & Jonathan Reynolds
(Music): Randy Edelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Leslie Dilley
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Tony Lombardo & Barry Leirer
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Marty Kaplan
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Leonard Goldberg & Michael Peyser

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

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When a congressman dies, a small-time con man, Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Eddie Murphy), with the same name as the deceased legislator runs for Congress, and miraculously wins! The Distinguished Gentleman starts as the stereotypical “con man with a heart” story, but develops into a humorous rip on the realities of politics as he plans to cash in on the perks and power of his new position but instead battles official corruption by setting out to expose the entrenched powers .

LaserDisc Picture:
The transfer is matted to 1.85:1. Picture quality is excellent with good, consistent color balance and natural looking flesh tones. The picture looks sharp, clear and bright with no trace of video artifact disturbances or noise.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Sound is good although there is no surround, and the stereo presentation is limited to the well recorded music. Dialogue intelligibility is excellent but the soundtrack could have been improved with a better defined stereo mix and aggressive surround envelopment.
(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:
Reference LaserDisc:
Collector Edition: