WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Clean Slate

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Dana Carvey, Valeria Golino, James Earl Jones, Kevin Pollack.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML 104971
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 10/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mick Jackson
(Screenplay/Written By): Robert King
(Story): NA
(Music): Alan Silvestri
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Norman Reynolds
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(Editor): Priscilla Nedd-Friendly, ACE
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Richard D. Zanuck & Lili Fini Zanuck

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

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Clean Slate is a funny comedy with star Dana Carvey as Private Investigator M.L. Pogue, who as a highly respected detective has only one problem, he has lost his memory abilities but canít let it be known since he is the key witness in the murder trail of a dangerous mobster. Every morning he plays his tape recorder to remind him of that dayís events, which becomes a challenge to figure out. The voiceover recording explains the situation to both him and us and moves the plot forward. With his day in court approaching his life becomes further complicated when he meets a beautiful girl who isnít what she seems. With bad guys coming at every angle and nowhere to turn he must recall his testimony before the gangster goes free.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 matted picture lacks overall detail and sharpness but the contrast is good with deep blacks and fleshtones that are rendered natural. There is apparent grain and noise artifacts in some scenes .

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
A dynamic and spatial music score is the highlight of the soundtrack, Foley and other sound effects are pristine and dynamic. Overall presence is a bit strident especially in dialogue delivery.
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