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MUNSTER GO HOME

Iíve been a fan of THE MUNSTERS television series ever since I was a kid, so I was kind of excited when MUNSTER GO HOME ($20) was announced for DVD. THE MUNSTERS gently spoofed the classic Universal monsters and ran on television from 1964-1966 (and in syndication ever since). MUNSTER GO HOME brought the delightfully daffy family of television ghouls to the big screen for the first time, finally showing what the familiar TV monsters looked like in glorious Technicolor. The plot of MUNSTER GO HOME follows the Munster family from their residence at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, all the way to England where Herman journeys to claim his inheritance and title of Lord Munster.

Unfortunately, Hermanís proper English relatives prove to be more monstrous than any creature from a horror movie, and are determined to drive off their poor "American" cousins. Unfortunately, scare tactics have no effect on the American branch of the Munster clan, forcing the Brits to come up with a more permanent solution, before Herman uncovers the deep, dark secret of Munster Hall. MUNSTER GO HOME features series regulars Fred Gwynne (Herman), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily), Al Lewis (Grandpa), Butch Patrick (Eddie), as well as Debbie Watson, Terry-Thomas, Hermione Gingold, Robert Pine, John Carradine, Bernard Fox and Richard Dawson.

Goodtimes Home Video offers MUNSTER GO HOME on DVD in a very watchable full frame transfer. Sure, it would have been great to see MUNSTER GO HOME in its theatrical aspect ratio (16:9 enhanced, of course), but in some ways the full frame transfer is better because it makes watching the movie reminiscent of an episode of the television series. The transfer itself wonít win any awards, but it is definitely better than watching a television broadcast of MUNSTER GO HOME. Detail is somewhat limited in the darker areas of the image, giving the picture a somewhat "flat" quality. Daylight sequences fair better, but even they donít demonstrate that startling level of clarity one finds on new movies. Colors are fairly vibrant, and flesh tones are suitably unnatural. There are no problems with chroma noise or bleeding of the hotter colors. Film grain is occasionally noticeable during the presentation. Digital compression artifacts never make their presence known.

The Dolby Digital monaural soundtrack is reasonably clean and free from distortion. Dialogue is always intelligible and fidelity is acceptable at modest volume levels. Subtitles have been encoded onto the DVD in English, French and Spanish. The interactive are very basic, providing access to the scene selection feature and choice of subtitles.

DVD reviews are Copyright © 2000 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.

 
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DVD reviews are Copyright © 2000 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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