WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

American Tail, An: Fievel Goes West

Reviewed In Issue 01 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Voices of James Stewart, John Cleese, Dom DeLuise, Linda Ronstadt.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41250
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 75
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1991
(LD Release Date): 03/01/92
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Credits Information
(Director): Phil Nibbelink & Simon Wells
(Screenplay/Written By): Flint Dille
(Story): NA
(Music): James Horner
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(Production Designer): NA
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(Executive Producers): Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy & David Kirschner
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Steven Spielberg & Robert Watts

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.78:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A charming and well-crafted animated sequel to “An American Tail,” following the further adventures of the Russian immigrant mouse. Steven Spielberg co-produced.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.78:1 composition is a noise-free, razor sharp digital video transfer boasts excellent color. The CAV feature allows you to carefully study the meticulously crafted drawings, frame by frame, for a better appreciation of the animator’s art form.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The spirited James Horner orchestral score was beautifully recorded by Shawn Murphy and features the singing of Linda Ronstadt. The Foley sound effects contribute enormously to the success of the realism that the soundtrack imparts. The Foley was recorded at Taj Soundworks, one of the premiere sound effects houses known for the highest standards of quality in effects recording. Every sound, from footsteps to the rustling of clothes, sounds unconsciously real. The ADR recording of the actors’ voices also is very impressive. An aggressive Dolby Surround® further impresses our sense of fascination with bullets ricocheting all over the place.
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