WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Frobe, Anna Quayle.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML102429
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 147
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1968
(LD Release Date): 1/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ken Hughes
(Screenplay/Written By): Roald Dahl & Ken Hughes
(Story): NA
(Music): Richard M & Robert B. Sherman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ken Adam
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John Shirley
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Albert R. Broccoli

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.21:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.25:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Mag Stereo & 70mm 6 Track Mag Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This family classic and enchanting fantasy is based on the novel by Ian Fleming. James Bond producer Albert Broccoli whisks us into a world of an evil child-kidnapping Baron and his castle kingdom. With Caractacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious and a magical car that floats and flys, this amusing, light-hearted tale will delight the entire family.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 65mm film to video transfer is matted to a 2.25:1 aspect ratio. The color is TechnicolorŪ which makes for consistently beautiful images. Occasionally video noise is apparent, but overall the picture is sharp and captivating in the best sense.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
While there are numerous musical passages including the OscarŪ-nominated theme song, the sound lacks the fidelity to really make this edition blossom. With the exception of the music the sound is virtually mono.
(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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