WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Mr. Baseball

Reviewed In Issue 04 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi, Toshi Shioya, Dennis Haybert

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 41461
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 108
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 03/01/93
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Credits Information
(Director): Fred Schepisi
(Screenplay/Written By): Gary Ross, Kevin Wade & Monte Merrick
(Story): Theo Pelletier & John Junkerman
(Music): Jerry Goldsmith
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Ted Haworth
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Bruce Finlayson
(Editor): Peter Honess
(Supervising Sound Editors): Terry Rodman, MPSE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Fred Schepisi, Doug Claybourne & Robert Newmyer

DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.45:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Mr. Baseball is an entertaining sports comedy about a fun-loving aging major league baseball player with a big ego (Selleck) who goes to Japan to play in an attempt to revive his career with the only team that wants him, the Chunici Dragons. The mutual adaptations necessary when the cultures of the American and Japanese players clash is amusing and interesting. The pace is fast and the characters likable.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is excellent. Colors are consistent from scene to scene and are very natural, but flesh tones do vary. The picture is without video artifacts or grain, and English subtitles, when they appear, occupy the bottom black bar of the 2.45:1 framed picture.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is smooth and natural with good dialogue intelligibility and excellent music reproduction. A lot of the action takes place at ballparks and the Foley work and ambience is excellent. There are some good jazz performances with well defined, extended bass.
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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