|Year Released||1977||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||119:57 minutes||Other Extras||Cast & Crew Biographies|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||2.0|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 ,
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This is a rather tame thriller by modern standards, and does move at a relaxed pace. However there are times of genuine tension, and the characters have just enough development that you do care what happens to them.
The underwater photography is magnificent, being shot at Bermuda, a Virgin Island, and Australia. The camera work is very impressive, as are the underwater stunts. This movie must have been a bugger to film, and it always maintains an authentic feel, helped a great deal by the very high quality image. I was expecting a much inferior movie, so I was pleasantly surprised.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.
The image is consistently sharp and very clear. There is no low-level noise. Shadow detail, whilst at times only slightly wanting, is generally very good. Much of this film takes place in the dim and murky environment of a sunken wreckage and it is handled well.
The colours are very natural and well rendered. The blue of the ocean comes across very well, as do outdoor scenes.
There were no MPEG artefacts during this movie. This movie runs for two hours, and has been expertly compressed onto a single layer. There are no film-to-video artefacts. Film artefacts consist of trivial scratches to the print now and then.
There are five audio tracks: English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. Also, there is an Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track, though the packaging and menu incorrectly state this as being mono.
Dialogue was at all times clear and easy to understand.
There were no problems with audio sync during the movie.
The musical score by John Barry is unsophisticated, and is typical of the period. It makes use of heavy violins and strings, and generally produces a sense of foreboding. It is adequate in generating suspense, but not particularly stirring.
This mix has a very good surround presence. Music and effects are nicely incorporated into the surrounds. Of particular note are underwater scenes, where the underwater environment is nicely created, giving you a feeling of being there with the action. Again, this is as good if not better than we should expect given the age of the movie.
The subwoofer was not used.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio is very good given the vintage.
I do not consider biographies to be extras. Sorry.
|DVD||Panasonic A350A; S-Video output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T43W1 125cm Widescreen 16x9|
|Audio Decoder||Internal Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD Player)|
|Amplification||Sony STRDE-525 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|