WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 23 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner & Michael Winslow,

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML105213
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1987
(LD Release Date): 4/9/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Mel Brooks
(Screenplay/Written By): Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan & Ronny Graham
(Story): NA
(Music): John Morris
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Terence Marsh
(Visual Effects): Apogee, Inc.
(Costume Designer): Donfeld
(Editor): Conrad Buff, IV
(Supervising Sound Editors): Randy Thom & Gary Rydstrom
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Ezra Swerdlow
(Producers): Mel Brooks

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.88:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
“May the Schwartz be with you!” Spaceballs, a spoof on Star Wars and other Sci Fi films of its time, stars Bill Pullman as Lone Starr, who, along with his half-man/half-canine pal Barf (Candy) cruises the universe in an intergalactically souped up Winnebago—complete with an “I Love Uranus” bumper sticker. Their mission: to rescue the Princess Vespa (Zuniga) and her droid Dot Matrix (Yarnell & Rivers) from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Moranis) who kidnapped her for President Scroob (Brooks) who wants to steal the air supply from Princess Vespa’s planet, Druidia. Brooks is also Yogurt, “the ever-lasting know-it-all” who holds the secret of “The Schwartz.”

LaserDisc Picture:
The 1.88:1 picture exhibits undersaturated color fidelity with muted fleshtones. Images are wanting in sharpness and detail and there is slight noise and artifacts throughout

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack has a dynamic presence and bass energy that is deep and powerful. Other than a slightly wider soundstage and more powerful bass delivered by the discrete version, both mixes are virtually identical. Dialogue is naturally developed and integrated well into each scene. The sound has excellent fidelity and panned effects in the discrete surround, making the 5.1 the preferred version.
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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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