WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Cable Guy, The

Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 82426
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $34.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
(LD Release Date): 12/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ben Stiller
(Screenplay/Written By): Lou Holtz, Jr.
(Story): NA
(Music): John Ottman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Sharon Seymour
(Visual Effects): Image Works
(Costume Designer): Erica Edell Phillips
(Editor): Steven Weisberg
(Supervising Sound Editors): Bob Grieve & Gregory King
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Brad Grey, Bernie Brillstein & Marc Gurvitz
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Andrew Licht, Jeffrey A Mueller & Judd Apatow

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS (8) Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Carrey stars as Chip Douglas,The Cable Guy summoned to attend to single-guy Steven Kovacs’ (Broderick) malfunctioned television. A fanatical perfectionist with his job, Chip is a man starving for human companionship. He fixates on Steven as perfect best friend material, and Steven—a wimpy sort—gets hooked into hanging out with him. But a series of bad nights out with Chip causes Steven to end the friendship—thus nearly destroying his life as the object of the cable guy’s obsession.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture, framed at 2.35:1, exhibits excellent color fidelity with natural fleshtones, excellent shadow detail and deep solid blacks. The picture is sharp and detailed with only the slightest noise, but no artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack’s dialogue is ADR-produced and sounds overall “manufactured” with poor spatial integration. Sound effects are in stereo and are often effectively presented with an aggressive surround presence and deep bass extension. The music score is generally expansive and well recorded, but not consistently with the rock music.
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(Aggressive System Surround):
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(Directionalized Dialogue):
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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