WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Courtship Of Eddie’s Father, The

Reviewed In Issue 27 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, Dina Merrill, Roberta Sherwood, Ronny Howard & Jerry Van Dyke

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML100797
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1962
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Credits Information
(Director): Vincente Minnelli
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DVD Picture Information
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(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.30:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the novel by Mark Toby, The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father is a sentimental and humorous comedy that truly celebrates the importance of family. A tiny Ron Howard stars as Eddie, the precocious six year-old son of Tom Corbett (Glenn Ford)—both of whom are trying to recover from the recent death of Tom’s wife. In the hopes of making his dad happy, Eddie pushes Tom back in to the dating scene with a kooky, self-conscious redhead named Dolly (Stella Stevens), Rita (Dina Merrill), a glamorous brunette fashion consultant and Elizabeth (Shirley Jones), their lovely and caring blonde neighbor. Young “Ronny” Howard is a joy to watch as the clever little Eddie.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.30:1, looks dated with plugged up and oversaturated MetroColor. Color fidelity is vivid with fully saturated fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are mostly wanting in sharpness and detail with mediocre shadow detail and contrast. Noise and artifacts are apparent throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished and strident monaural that lacks bass and natural presence.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
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(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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