WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 4.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11746
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $39.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 6/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Joe Johnston
(Screenplay/Written By): Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor & Jim Strain
(Story): Greg Taylor, Jim Strain & Chris Van Allsburg
(Music): James Horner
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): James Bissell
(Visual Effects): Industrial Light & Magic
(Costume Designer): Martha Wynne Snetsinger
(Editor): Robert Dalva
(Supervising Sound Editors): Richard Hymns
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Ted Field, Larry J. Franco, Robert W. Cort, Scott Kroopf & William Teitler

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on the award-winning children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, the story begins when young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game and is magically transported into the untamed jungles of Jumanji before the startled eyes of his friend Sarah. After 26 years, Alan (Williams) reunites with Sarah (Hunt) and together, with two unsuspecting children tries to outwit Jumanji’s dangerous riddles. This is an unusual adventure that, with the roll of the dice, combines breathtaking special effects with an engaging blend of comedy, magic and thrills!

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted 1.75:1 picture has slight color fidelity inaccuracies and is a bit subdued and dark in overall character. Fleshtones are natural and shadow detail is excellent. Slight noise permeates throughout but there are no artifacts in this THX®-approved Sony HD transfer.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Effective sound effects and an expansive music score provide aggressive surround envelopment. Bass extension is extremely deep and powerful, and a real stress test for any system. Dialogue is natural and spatial. This is one soundtrack that doesn’t disappoint.
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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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