|Category||Comedy?||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - 1.33:1, not 16x9, Dolby Digital 5.1 (2:04)|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City|
|Year Released||1999||Commentary Tracks||Yes, 1 - Andrew Fleming (Director) and Sheryl Longin (Co-Writer)|
|Running Time||90:45 minutes||Other Extras||Biographies - Cast and Crew
Blooper Reel (11:13)
Deleted Scene (1:13)
Featurette - Making Of (4:43)
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||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, 448 Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0, 256 Kb/s)
Isolated Music Score (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
German (Audio Commentary)
Dutch (Audio Commentary)
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Question: you have a spare $13 million to do with as you wish. Do you:
I appreciate that I am supposed to provide some sort of plot synopsis here, so here it is: there is no discernible plot with which to concern yourself. What is the film about? Basically two dumb teenagers (Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams) doing stupid things that broadly revolve around the Watergate scandal that brought Tricky Dicky (Dan Hedaya) to his knees (and permanent disgrace). Beyond that, I am not going to elaborate for fear of needing to rush to the bathroom to vomit.
This is possibly the only film I have ever seen that can make any Jean Claude Van Damme film - or indeed even a Dennis Rodman film - look like the greatest film ever made. The story is a shocker, the acting is so excruciatingly over-the-top that I think that they were actually trying to make a spoof and failing miserably, the direction is non-existent and the comedy is similarly non-existent. There is nothing the slightest bit redeeming about this effort that can be mentioned, except perhaps the fact that it has a rather decent collection of great 1970s songs - albeit in usually truncated form. The fact that the voters on the Internet Movie Database have rated this a solid 6.7 is beyond my comprehension: they must have all been on some sort of super duper upper of some description. Suffice it to say that I have made my small contribution to righting this serious overrating of this piece of celluloid by rating it a 1 - and the only reason it got that is because I cannot give it a zero.
There is nothing on earth that will ever get me to watch this piece of garbage ever again. Dick is an absolutely stupid movie that is even worse than the generally lamentable Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, made doubly worse because it does not have the gorgeous Mira Sorvino to watch. Not even the presence of Kirsten Dunst can lift this utter piece of dross out of the rubbish bin in which it should have remained. If real life turkeys were this big, the entire world could be fed with just a paltry number of them. Dick should be avoided at all costs, and to think that I actually wanted to review this effort...
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.
Whilst not displaying the sharpest picture that you will ever see, the transfer does have a nice consistent semi-sharp look to it which in many ways evokes the style of the era being portrayed. Whilst there are occasional momentary lapses in the sharpness, most especially where some of the scenes around the Watergate building are concerned, this is not in any way a detraction from the transfer. Detail is generally very good, even in the darker scenes (of which there are a few), and shadow detail was also good throughout. There were a few odd moments when perhaps the shadow detail could perhaps have been ever so slightly better, but in general that would be harping over some really rather minor issues. This thankfully is a quite clear transfer, so some of the rather garish 1970s colours that could have posed some problems end up looking as they were intended. There did not appear to be any significant problems with grain in the transfer at all. Low level noise was also not a problem here.
Given some of the rather garish colours that could have been offered here, there was some concern going in to the review session about how it would all look. I should not have been worried, as in general the colours have been handled very well in the transfer. Despite the preponderance of pinks and lime greens in some scenes, everything was handled in such a way that the result is very believable: indeed, the lime green bedroom walls took me back to my own days of having such a colour scheme in my own bedroom all those years ago. Groovy stuff indeed, and looking very realistic indeed. There was nice depth to the colours that was consistent during the film, and the overall result is not only quite vibrant but suffers not the bit from over saturation. There was no problem with colour bleed in the transfer as far as I could see.
There are no apparent MPEG artefacts in the transfer. There were no real problems with film-to-video artefacts in the transfer. Film artefacts were generally absent from the transfer, reflecting the relative youth of the source material.
This is an RSDL formatted DVD with the layer change coming at 72:14. Whilst it is just a little noticeable, it could hardly be called a disruptive layer change.
There are four audio tracks on the DVD, being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a German Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, an English Audio Commentary in Dolby Digital 2.0 and an Isolated Music Score in Dolby Digital 5.1. I stuck with the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, whilst also sampling the Audio Commentary and Isolated Music Score.
The dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand, with just a few odd moments when the volume needed to be adjusted a tad due to inherent low level of the dialogue. Mind you, on occasions the dialogue was so bad that I really wished that I could not hear it!
There did not appear to be any problems with audio sync in the transfer.
The original music score comes from John Debney but this is really overshadowed by some great songs from the era - some well known and others not so well known. This is where the Isolated Music Score comes into its own and I really wish that this was an extra that we heard more of, as it really makes you realize the importance of music to film in general. This one would probably be a good way of promoting the soundtrack album for the film!
Overall, there really is little to say about the soundtrack. Surround channel use was pretty good, although my little pet hate of the lack of really good rear surround ambience was once again brought to notice. Bass channel support was acceptable without being spectacular, as befits a film that is hardly gong to rank as an audio demonstration. The overall soundscape was quite believable and quite natural. The soundtrack offers good, clean, modern sound that pushes no limits but does the job it was intended to without any fuss.
A good video transfer.
A good audio transfer.
An acceptable extras package.
© Ian Morris (have a
laugh, check out the bio)
9th August 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR and subwoofer ES-12XL|