WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz, Kellie Martin, Lisa Jakub

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4
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On side three of this set, the complete featurette Mant is presented in the CAV format complete with theatrical trailer. This is the spoof movie “within” the movie billed as “Half man, half ant, all terror!” It is black and white and the CAV format allows you to revel in the 1950s-style special effects.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41548
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 99
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 07/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Joe Dante
(Screenplay/Written By): Charlie Haas
(Story): Jerico & Charlie Haas
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Steven Legler
(Visual Effects): Stetson Visual Services Inc. & Fantasy II
(Costume Designer): Isis Mussenden
(Editor): Marshall Harvey
(Supervising Sound Editors): Mark Mangini & George Simpson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Pat Kehoe
(Producers): Michael Finnell

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Matinee is delightful entertainment for the whole family. John Goodman plays Lawrence Woolsey, the gregarious creator of sci-fi thriller movies and the best self-promoter of 1962. He brings his premiere demonstration of “AtomoVision” with spine-tingling “RumbleRama” to Key West Florida where he meets a group of great kids and this charming story unfolds. The DVD does not feature the Mant short film that was included with the LaserDisc.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is oversaturated, too red, and some video artifacts are evident in some scenes. You will need to adjust your color and tint monitor controls to overcome these flaws. The aspect ratio is 1.66:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® is excellent with subtle surround and great bass that rumbles down at about 25 Hz!
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): Yes
(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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