WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Big Green, The

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d’Abo, Jay O. Sanders.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 2.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 6693 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 1/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Holly Goldberg Sloan
(Screenplay/Written By): Holly Goldberg Sloan
(Story): NA
(Music): Randy Edelman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Evelyn Sakash
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): John F. Link
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Dennis Bishop
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Roger Birnbaum

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): Dolby Digital
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In The Big Green a group of bored misfits become local soccer heroes. Attractive British schoolteacher Anna Montgomery (Olivia d’Abo) decides to motivate her students and bring a renewed sense of pride to her small Texas town, when she encourages her lethargic students to join the school’s new soccer team. After an embarrassing defeat, the team adopts a new name, The Big Green, and an attitude to keep playing until they win. With the support of the local sheriff (Steve Gutenberg), who agrees to coach the team so he can beat his old nemesis The Knights, and a new soccer whiz addition to the team, they just might have a chance of winning—until the star player disappears on the eve of the championship game. What starts as a disaster soon becomes a hilarious fight to the finish.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture is matted at 1.85:1. The picture is sure to please with excellent color fidelity and colors that are vibrant. Fleshtones are natural and blacks are deep and solid. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent contrast, and there is no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is conventional movie stereo—meaning that the overall character and focus is monaural. An expansive stereo music score provides subtle surround envelopment, but dialogue is inconsistent in quality and unnatural in most scenes.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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