WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Radio Flyer

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Lorraine Bracco, John Heard, Elijah Wood, Joseph Mazzello.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 50716
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 08/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Donner
(Screenplay/Written By): David Mickey Evans
(Story): NA
(Music): Hans Zimmer
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): J. Michael Riva
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(Editor): Stuart Baird, ACE & Dallas Puett
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Michael Douglas, Rick Bieber & David Mickey Evans
(Co-Producers): Jennie Lew Tugend, Jim Van Wyck & Dale R. de la Torre
(Producers): Lauren Shuler-Donner

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.25:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Director Richard Donner’s Radio Flyer weaves an intelligently successful mix of fantasy and harsh reality in this tale of two young brothers whose sense of the imaginary is heightened in an effort to escape their abusive step-father. This is a film to be experienced, a daring film about the tragedy of child abuse, as dealt with and seen through the eyes of child. It will make you realize that to children the world still has magic.

LaserDisc Picture:
Laszlo Kovacs’s cinematography is sharply focused to heighten the reality from the children’s viewpoint. The picture has an excellent film-like quality. The transfer at 2.25:1 is pristine and color fidelity and balance is superb. Everything look very natural with accurate fleshtones.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Hans Zimmer’s music score is wonderful with full orchestra and a recording that has great depth and spaciousness. Bass extension is deep and the Dolby Surround® envelopes to provide a convincing ambience.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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