WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Gumball Rally, The

Reviewed In Issue 32 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Sarrazin, Normann Burton, Gary Busey, John Durren, Susan Flannery, Harvey Jason, Steven Keats, Tim McIntire, Joanne Nail, J. Pat O’Malley, Lazaro Perez, Nicholas Pryor Vaughn Taylor, Wally Taylor, Raul Julia

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Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11278
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1976
(LD Release Date): 7/98
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Chuck Bail
(Screenplay/Written By): Leon Capetanos
(Music): Dominic Frontiere
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Walter Simonds
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(Editor): Gordon Scott, Stuart H. Pappé & Maury Winetrobe
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(Producers): Chuck Bail

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.40:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.45:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Renegade auto racers from all walks of life come together for The Gumball Rally. It’s the “illegal” coast-to-coast road race that pits a company president, college professor, a couple of housewives, an amorous Italian Grand Prix champ and a host of other zanies against one another in a race against the clock and the ever-present cranky police chief trying to spoil the high-speed fun. Great stunts coordinated by director Chuck Bail, gorgeous cross-country scenery and a fine cast make The Gumball Rally a treat for auto racing fans.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.45:1, takes place mostly outdoors, with generally natural, though dated, color fidelity. Colors are rich and warm, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Interior scenes are often wanting in clarity. Images are generally sharp and detailed, though sometimes hazy, with nicely rendered contrast and shadow delineation. Minor noise is apparent, as are artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished monaural that sounds bright and strident throughout.
(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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