WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

American President

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, David Paymer, Samantha Mathis, John Mahoney, Michael J. Fox

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 80176
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 5/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Rob Reiner
(Screenplay/Written By): Aaron Sorkin
(Story): NA
(Music): Mark Shaiman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Lilly Kilvert
(Visual Effects): Industrial Light & Magic
(Costume Designer): Gloria Gresham
(Editor): Robert Leighton
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert Grieve
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Charles Newirth & Jeffrey Stott
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Rob Reiner

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.25:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS & SDDS Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The American President is a delightful comedy about widower-president Andrew Shepherd (Douglas), who, quite unexpectedly falls in love with Sydney Ellen Wade (Bening), an environmental lobbyist. Complicating his desire for personal privacy and his efforts to maintain a relationship are issues President Shepherd must confront—approval ratings, an inquiring press and an aggressive political opponent (Richard Dreyfuss). Will the media, the public and hisloyal advisors allow him to be President of the United States and have a girlfriend at the same time?

LaserDisc Picture:
Picture quality is exemplary, the aspect ratio is 2.35:1 and there is no noise or artifacts for a perfectly solid presentation.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a lush orchestra score that provides subtle surround envelopment but otherwise a conventional mix that is predominately mono focused.
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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