WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Alakazam the Great!

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
The Voice Talents Of Frankie Avalon, Dodie Stevens, Jonathan Winters, Arnold Stang & Sterling Holloway

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 1.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Orion Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3398OR
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 84
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1961
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Lee Kresel
(Screenplay/Written By): Osamu Tezuka, Lou Rusoff & Lee Kresel
(Story): NA
(Music): Les Baxter
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
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(Editor): Salvatore Billitteri
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(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Lou Russoff

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.32:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Alakazam The Great! is a colorful Japanese-made animated film about an arrogant monkey who passes the test of courage and becomes the King of Majutsoland. But Alakazam is obsessed with power and when he learns of Merlin’s magic, he becomes even more confident that he could be more powerful than any other creature, including humans. On his journey to seek the magic of Merlin, he joins the human Prince Amat and learns the meaning of virtue. Together, the prince and Alakazam make new friends and fight battles with wicked foes and menacing creatures. When they return to the palace, the Great King Amo commends Alakazam for his bravery and for teaching himself to be a true leader, using humility, mercy and wisdom to rule.

LaserDisc Picture:
The Toeiscope frame, credited as “Magiscope,” is 2.32:1. The picture appears aged with colors more subdued than the animation of the ’90’s, but nevertheless visually entertaining. Blacks are always deep and generally solid, except for slight noise in some scenes. Artifacts are slight and generally are not distracting.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is loud, compressed mono.
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