WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Encino Man

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore, Megan Ward, Mariette Hartley.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1383AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 11/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Les Mayfield
(Screenplay/Written By): Shawn Schepps
(Story): NA
(Music): J. Peter Robinson
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James Allen
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Eric Sears, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Hilton Green
(Co-Producers): Cindy Williams
(Producers): George Zaloom

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

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:
Encino Man is a hilarious look at a Cro-Magnon youth’s out-of-it awakening in modern day who suddenly must face survival in California’s slang capitol, the San Fernando Valley. While digging a hole for a backyard swimming pool two Encino high school friends (Sean Astin and Pauly Shore) unearth a frozen caveman (Brendan Fraser). When he thaws out, they enroll him in school and teach him to be the ultimate “valley dude” so that he can be their ticket to popularity on campus. There are plenty of laughs as the stone age meets the rock age.

LaserDisc Picture:
Although this film was made on a small budget, the production quality is outstanding. The digital video transfer preserves the 1.75:1 framed aspect ratio. Image quality is crisp and the color is natural and consistent from scene to scene.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is surprisingly good. The extended bass is rich and full, dialogue is very natural, and the Dolby Surround® effects are subtle but convincing. There is a wonderful scene where as Fraser tracks a fly with his eyes you can track it with your ears.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(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
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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