WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Groundhog Day

Reviewed In Issue 05 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 52296
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $$34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 08/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Harold Ramis
(Screenplay/Written By): Danny Rubin & Harold Ramis
(Story): Danny Rubin
(Music): George Fenton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Nichols
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Jennifer Butler
(Editor): Pembroke J. Herring
(Supervising Sound Editors): George Anderson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): C.O. Erickson
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Trevor Albert & Harold Ramis

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 Digital 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:
Bill Murray stars as Phil Connors, an obnoxious, sarcastic television weatherman destined to forecast weather for the rest of his life. While in Punxsutawney to cover “Groundhog Day,” a severe winter blizzard hits, one that he fails to predict. Stranded with two of his station associates—one his producer and secret love interest (MacDowell)—he becomes mysteriously stuck in a time warp, repeating the same bizarre day over and over again.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 transfer is a little over saturated, too red, and skin tones are inconsistent. There is some apparent grain as well.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack could have greatly benefited from a more aggressive surround instead of the subtle ambience it conveys when the music is not playing. The music is great and well recorded. It nicely wraps into the surrounds and ignite the touching spirit of this film.
(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
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