WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 13 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Robin Givens.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 78696
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $$34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1994
(LD Release Date): 3/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mike Binder
(Screenplay/Written By): Damon Wayans & J. F. Lawton
(Story): Damon Wayans
(Music): Miles Goodman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James Spencer
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Adam Weiss
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Damon Wayans
(Co-Producers): Jack Binder
(Producers): Eric L. Gold & C. O. Erickson

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): SDDS (8) Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Blankman is a crime-fighting comedy about two slapstick super-heroes who set out to fight intercity crime. Damon Wayans (In Living Color) plays Darryl Walker the in-ventive, self-appointed supernerd Blankman who persuades his reluctant brother Kevin (David Alan Grier) to accompany him in fighting the underworld. Wearing his improvised costume and using various household contraptions as weapons Darryl sets out to en-gage in a war against evil. When Kimberly Jonz (Robin Givens). the ace TV reporter, breaks the news of his escapades he is catapulted to fame as a force to be reckoned with in this superhero adventure comedy.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.85:1 matted picture is sharp and de-tailed with excellent color fidelity and contrast. There is some slight grain and noise but no marring artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The theatrical soundtrack was released in SDDS and was loud and spatial. The sound here is well recorded, dynamic and spatial as well. Dialogue sounds connected to actual scenes and both agressive and subtle envelopment is povided by the music and effects.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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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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