WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Christian Bale, David Moscow, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1397AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 121
(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): Kenny Ortega
(Screenplay/Written By): Bob Tzudiker & Noni White
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Menken
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): William Sandell
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Andrew Reynolds, ASE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Michael Finnell

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Newsies is an entertaining, feel-good, high-energy turn-of-the century music and dance movie based on the true story of a courageous group of striking newsboys who stand up against a powerful and unscrupulous newspaper tycoon wittingly played by Robert Duvall.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is pristine, sharp and film-like in appearance without a spot of noise artifacts. The aspect ratio is 2.35:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
What really knocked me out was the Dolby® Surround music score recording engineered by Bruce Botnick. It is fabulous! It all feels very Broadwayish with a chorus of singing and dancing male youth. The incredible bass response extends down to a solid 32 Hz in the musical numbers! If you have the system, the musical presentation on this LaserDisc is sure to please.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): Yes
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
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Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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