WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Super Mario Bros.
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Samantha Mathis.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Hollywood Pictures Home Video
(Catalog Number): 2008AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 12/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Rick Morton & Annabel Jankel
(Screenplay/Written By): Parker Bennett, Terry Runte & Ed Solomon
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David L. Snyder
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Mark Goldblatt, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Fred Caruso
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Jake Eberts & Roland Joffe

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.82:1

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:
Super Mario Bros is an action packed wacky adventure staring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo as Mario and Luigi, two wild and crazy Italian plumbers who encounter the off-the-wall underworld of “Dinohattan,” a parallel-dimension sci-fi city of dinosaur related inhabitants. For Mario and Luigi, their ultimate mission is to save a princess of Dinohattan descent, but things get bizarre when they are faced with the lizard king (Dennis Hopper) and his giant reptilian goombas, whose ultimate sinister plan is to take over the world. Consequently, it is up to the Super Mario Bros. to undermine these creature thugs and save themselves, the princess, and the planet.

LaserDisc Picture:
The colorbook visuals in this film are a bit over-saturated in some scenes, but otherwise crisp and solid. The 1.82:1 matted picture is sharp and vibrant with slight pinkish fleshtone inconsistencies and grain.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack was released in Dolby Stereo Digital®. The stereo is well defined with subtle, enveloping surround effects. Overall, the sound is overly bright and dialogue is strident.
(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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Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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