|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||118:17 minutes||Other Extras||Main Menu Audio
Cast & Crew Interviews
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
|Start Up||Language Selection,
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is very sharp and very clear at all times, except for some deliberately overexposed shots. Shadow detail is excellent, and there is no low level noise.
There is one minor video glitch early in the movie, at 1:24, where the titles "THE CATHOLIC'S GREATEST FEAR IS THE SUCCESSION OF MARY'S PROTESTANT HALF SISTER" appear on the screen. Underneath this, a thin purple and yellow line appears for most of the duration of the title.
The colours were beautifully captured. There are many contrasts to be seen in this film, from dark, dank and dreary locations to stunningly coloured sequences of pageantry.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts went unnoticed. Film artefacts were very rarely present.
This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change placed at 78:57, between Chapters 13 and 14. This is less than ideally placed, as it has been placed immediately after a scene change rather than at the scene change, so it is moderately disruptive.
The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand, critically important with a movie such as this one.
There were no audio sync problems.
The score by David Hirschfelder is generally very suited to the on screen action, though some of it sounded a little too modern for my liking, even though I am a great fan of this composer's work.
The surround channels were used far more than I expected, mainly for music and also a great deal for ambience. This soundtrack is surprisingly enveloping, despite there being little in the way of action sequences. There is nothing striking about the soundtrack, just lots of subtle sound placement and echoes.
The .1 channel was used moderately to support the music.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is above average.
The extras are limited and they aren't great, and we miss out on the Director's commentary track.
© Michael Demtschyna
14th July 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|