WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Baby-Sitters Club, The

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Schuyler Fisk, Bre Blair, Rachael Leigh Cook, Zelda Harris, Tricia Joe, Larisa Oleynik, Stacey Linn Ramsower, Ellen Burstyn, Brooke Adams, Austin O’Brien, Colleen Camp & Peter Horton

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11636
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 4/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Melanie Mayron
(Screenplay/Written By): Dalene Young
(Story): NA
(Music): David Michael Frank
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Larry Fulton
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(Editor): Christopher Greenbury
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(Executive Producers): Marc Abraham, Thomas A. Bliss, Martin Keltz & Deborah Forte
(Co-Producers): Tina Stern
(Producers): Jane Startz & Peter O. Almond

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
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the phenomenally successful youth book series by Ann M. Martin, The Baby-Sitters Club is a refreshingly upbeat family film about seven friends whose baby-sitting business in Stoneybrook, Connecticut leads to one adventure after another. With Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Dawn, Stacey, Mallory and Jessie turning thirteen and the summer upon them, they devise a brilliant plan to make some money running a day camp. It’s the perfect way to have fun and keep their remarkable friendships intact. But when new boyfriends, rival girls and long separated parents show up, their club is threatened with ruin. But the day is saved as the seven girls stand up to their individual challenges and learn for themselves the dearness of friendship.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture quality is mediocre with inconsistent color fidelity and oversaturated hues, excessive contrast and brightness, and poor shadow detail. The aspect ratio is 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The stereo soundtrack is conventional, but with annoying in-your-face dialogue.
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