|Category||Action / Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - 1.33:1, non-16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City|
|Year Released||1999||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||90:19 minutes||Other Extras||Main Menu Audio & Animation
- Blue Streak: Setting Up For The Score
- HBO First Look: Inside & Undercover
Music Videos (x3)
- "Girl's Best Friend" by Jay-Z
- "Criminal Mind" by Tyrese (with Heavy D)
- "Damn (Should've Treated U Right)" by So Plush
Biographies - Cast & Crew
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1 , 448Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1 , 448Kb/s)
Hungarian (Dolby Digital 5.1 , 448Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The movie starts at night-time with Miles Logan (Martin Lawrence) leading a gang of robbers on a quest to steal a rather large diamond. It all goes wrong when one of his partners-in-crime gets greedy, decides he won't share the bounty and wants to kill everyone involved. Miles escapes, loses his diamond in an air duct of the building he was crawling around in, and is imprisoned for 2 years. On release, he goes to the building he left the diamond in only to find out in broad daylight that it is a police station. Why he didn't know that to begin with, given the slickness of the rest of the robbery operation, is a plot point that I will ignore. He tries to get into the building, firstly as a pizza delivery "thing" called Ghetto Buck - an hilarious character, and probably the funniest part of the movie - I guarantee you will laugh. Anyway, that doesn't work, so he gets a fake ID made, and pretends to be a detective. Given his "inside" knowledge of the criminal element, he pretends so well so as to be fully believed and indeed put to work as a detective. He and his straight side-kick then go on to quickly solve a case, and whilst in action Miles comes across his old partner, played by David Shappelle (who played the stand up comedian in The Nutty Professor). Things quickly degenerate from there.
This is a vehicle to showcase Martin Lawrence, of that there is no doubt. However, with a budget of US$39 million, the production is slick and Martin does carry the movie admirably. A good movie to watch with a group of friends, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.
Gloriously sharp and detailed at all times, this transfer will surely please. The image had a film-like quality, being one of those that give me a cosy warm feeling about the DVD format. Call me silly, but there it is. The first part of the movie - the robbery-gone-awry - takes place at night, and shadow detail was perfect during these scenes and was stunning. There was no intrusive low-level noise during the movie, and nor was there any film grain.
The colour palette was nicely balanced, being naturally saturated. No scenes stood out as being particularly colourful, but the palette is full and consistent throughout. Flesh tones were spot on, as was the general colour temperature, something which I am particularly sensitive to. There was no chroma noise.
There was no MPEG artefacting at any time, even during stressful periods such as fades to black or fast action. I will not name names, but other studios would be wise to take note. This is what happens when RSDL formatting is used; it gives the video room to breathe, as long as the extras don't take up too much room. This is certainly the case here. Other than that, there were a handful of very minor film artefacts, and only one scene with a hint of aliasing in it, being caused by the front grille of a car. To be very picky, there is also a scene or two with some minor telecine wobble.
This disc is RSDL formatted,
with the layer change occurring during scene 21 at 68:54. It seemed
slightly longer than usual, taking about half a second on my Panasonic
There are three soundtracks on this disc, being English, German and Hungarian, all in Dolby Digital 5.1. Not being too good with the other languages, I chose this time to listen to the English soundtrack.
Dialogue was at all times clear and well-recorded. There were no lip-sync issues to report.
This is a saucy soundtrack, being very hip and cool. As is typical for modern action movies, the score is very percussive and dynamic, and was well suited to the movie. There is a tremendous amount of detail in this soundtrack, with an exceptionally wide soundstage both front and back. Imaging was precise, with no particular bent for any speaker. The songs (as per the included music video listing) sounded brilliant, and the whole soundtrack is just slick and polished and very full sounding. As I mentioned, this is Dolby Digital at its best, no doubt helped by the 448 Kilobits per second data rate.
The surrounds were aggressively used for most of the movie, especially for the first half-hour during the setup. This made for a very immersive experience. Throughout the movie, much care has been taken with the placement of sounds within the total field. For example, there is a chase scene with two cars flying over each shoulder towards the middle, and away into the distance. Each car very smoothly slides from the rears to the middle-front. Another example is the good old helicopter, which flies around the room and seems correctly placed when the camera angle changes. The panning of sounds is effortless, with excellent left-centre-right timbre matching, probably the best I have heard. This also gave me a cosy warm feeling about the DVD format. Can you tell I liked this disc?
My subwoofer had a blast during the movie, and was
engaged at all the right times. The soundtrack has a nice fullness to it,
with gun-shots, explosions and general thumps being very weighty.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video transfer is superb, and is reference in quality.
The audio transfer is superb, and ranks as one of the best Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes I have heard in both fidelity and immersiveness. Turn this up and enjoy.
I can't complain about the extras, though the inclusion of two behind the scenes features is puzzling.
© Paul Cordingley (if bored,
not read my bio)
30th April, 2000.
|DVD||Panasonic A360 (S-Video output)|
|Display||Rear-Projection Pioneer SD-T43W1 125cm Widescreen 16x9|
|Audio Decoder||d t s 5.1 & Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD Player internal decoder)|
|Amplification||Sony STRDE-525 5x100 watts Dolby Pro-Logic / 5.1 Ready Receiver; 4 x Optimus 10-band Graphic EQ|
|Speakers||Centre: Sony SS-CN35 100 watt; Main & Surrounds: Pioneer CS-R390-K 150-watt floorstanders; Subwoofer: Optimus 100-watt passive|