WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Rrendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Michael McKean, Judd Nelson, Ernie Hudson, Amy Locane, Michael Richards & Joe Mantegna

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 8602-85
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 2/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Michael Lehmann
(Screenplay/Written By): Rich Wilkes
(Story): NA
(Music): Carter Burwell
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): David Nichols
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Stephen Semel
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Todd Baker
(Co-Producers): Ira Shuman
(Producers): Robert Simonds & Mark Burg

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): DTS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Airheads is the hilarious tale of a three wannabe head-banger musicians (Rrendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler) and their thrash-metal rock band, The Lone Rangers. They have been rejected by every record company in Los Angeles and are sick of their menial day jobs. In a final act of desperation, they sneak into a “rebel rock” radio station in an attempt to get their demo tape played on the air. Through a series of misunderstandings, they take over the station and create a hostage crisis using toy guns. The antics that follow are really dumb, but actually pretty funny, especially in a slapstick way.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. Fleshtones are unnaturally over-saturated. While colors are vivid and blacks are solid, scenes exhibit varying quality. Slight grain and noise is noticeable in the dark scenes.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack attempts to provide some ambient surround envelopment besides the music which is the focus.
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(Aggressive Split Surround):
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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