|Running Time||71:55 minutes|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None||Dolby Digital||2.0|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 ,
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192 Kb/s)
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, very|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The broad story here? Well this one pretty much recycles the broad story of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, with the requisite change being that Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) this time shrinks himself, his brother Gordon (Stuart Pankin), his wife (Eve Gordon) and his sister-in-law Patty (Robin Bartlett). What follow are seventy dull minutes of "adventures" as they rely upon their kids to find them and blow them back up. Surely you were not expecting much else, were you?
The story is not much to worry about, the performances (sorry, but I really have difficulty describing it as acting) are borderline rubbish and the whole thing smacks of a film done by numbers from a bunch of hacks that we are thankfully unlikely to hear from again. What makes this even worse is the fact that the direct-to-video type budget is woefully exposed under the digital eye and the effects really look anything but believable. It is a very sad indictment of the whole Disney organization that this sort of banal rubbish is what they turn out better (or is that worse?) than anyone else in the business.
This is yet another Region 4 Disney release that can be given the complete miss. I doubt that even the under ten set would find anything here to keep them amused. Quite why Buena Vista persist in releasing this sort of garbage in Region 2 and 4, I really do not understand. Frankly, I would rather have nothing than this sort of trash. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves is the number one candidate for re-release in 2002 at an ultra budget price - they should still have plenty on hand by then, so save your dollars and look elsewhere.
Being made for video, the original aspect ratio of the film is 1.33:1, which is what we get on this DVD. It is, of course, not 16x9 enhanced.
This really is the epitome of the mediocre transfer. The image is not especially sharp and is not especially detailed. Shadow detail is quite average. Clarity is nothing to rave over. About the only thing that is of note in the transfer is the rather flattish image, again reflecting the made-for-video nature of the film, and a bit more grain than would normally be expected. There did not seem to be any low level noise problems with the transfer.
The flattish image is complemented by a flattish palette of colours, and this is not a transfer to raise the pulse as far as vibrancy and tone are concerned. The colours are serviceable and nothing more. This could certainly have benefited from a bit more saturation and depth to the colours.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer. There was some aliasing in the transfer but nothing that was really significant. There did not seem to be any real problems with film artefacts.
Dialogue is clear and easy to understand throughout.
There did not appear to be any hint at all of audio sync problems with the transfer.
The musical score comes from Michael Tavera and a completely ignorable effort it is. There is little here that would be worthwhile worrying about.
The soundtrack is completely unmemorable, but at
least it is reasonably open-sounding with no congestion or distortion.
The surround usage is not huge and the whole soundtrack really does not
have an awful lot to do. Obviously there is no bass channel use at all
here. All-in-all, this is definitely not a disc to dazzle the party with.
|Surround Channel Use|
A mediocre video transfer.
A mediocre audio transfer.
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
13th September 2000
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. 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|