WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cool World
Genre:Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne, Brad Pitt.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Video
(Catalog Number): LV32356-WS
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 2/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ralph Bakshi
(Screenplay/Written By): Michael Grais & Mark Victor
(Story): NA
(Music): Mark Isham
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Michael Corenblith
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): NA
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Frank Mancuso, Jr.

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.68:1

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:
Cool World is an adult rated film from director-animator Ralph Bakshi. It is an outrageous mix of animation and live action. While in jail, a cartoonist (Gabriel Byrne) creates a comic strip fantasy world where his mind can escape the confines of his cell. Cool World is inhabited by doodles (cartoons), one of whom is the ultimate fantasy woman, Holli Would. It is actually an alternate universe from which the toonsmith has been manipulated into creating a conduit to the real world for the toons to become human. Holli seduces her toonsmith and becomes human (Kim Basinger) fleeing to Las Vegas pursued by a cop (Brad Pitt), the only other human in Cool World. Catastrophic consequences are in store for the doodles and the ínoids (humans).

LaserDisc Picture:
Visually this disc looks superb. The interaction between the animated characters and the real actors is almost believable and is fun to watch. Human flesh tones are a bit distorted. The colors in the animated sequences are spectacular! The measured aspect ratio is 1.68:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Unencumbered by the need to sound like anything in the real world, the soundtrack is a stunner with fantastic original music and spectacular surround effects that test the Dolby MP matrix.
(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
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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