|Category||Horror / Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - 1.33:1, non-16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City|
|Year Released||1999||Commentary Tracks||Yes, 1 - Rodman Flender (Director), Seth Green (Actor) & Elden Henson (Actor)|
(not 92 minutes as stated on the packaging)
|Other Extras||Featurette - Behind The Scenes
Vivica A. Fox
|RRP||$39.95||Music||Graeme Revell et al|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
German Audio Commentary
Dutch Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Right from the "Seven" inspired opening credits we find very sharp detail, and this carries throughout the entire movie. The sharpness is uniformly high, and a tad higher than the norm for Columbia TriStar. Shadow detail is very good for the most part, and only falters slightly a handful of times in some very dark scenes. There is no low-level noise, surprising given the high detail, and nor is there any edge enhancement visible.
The standout of this transfer is the colour palette. Rich, vibrant and fully saturated primary colours give the movie its surrealistic style. We have deep reds, blues, greens, oranges - and all are handled perfectly. Having recently had to suffer through an unrelated VHS tape, colour purity is something which I sometimes take for granted on DVD. This transfer reminded me just how good colours can and do look.
There are no MPEG artefacts of any kind on this transfer, absolutely none. There were no film-to-video artefacts, and only the occasional film artefact. This is a pristine print, and clearly much care has been taken with the transfer.
This disc is RSDL formatted,
with the layer change occurring between chapters 16 and 17, at 52:39.
This is not an intrusive spot, since it occurs during a natural scene break
I was particularly impressed with the clarity and detail exhibited by the dialogue; it being always clear and easy to understand. There were no instances of lip-sync errors.
The soundtrack was always rich and full sounding, making extensive use of stabs of voluminous sounds to highlight dramatic moments (or at least, attempted dramatic moments). There is nothing particularly remarkable about it, and it was standard run-of-the-mill fare for this genre of movie.
The surrounds got fairly hefty use, offering ambience and discrete split sonic cues. Again, much as you would expect.
The subwoofer was particularly well integrated into
this mix, which always pleases me. There is a lot of bass energy
during this movie, and we get a taste for it during the opening credits.
I suggest securing all free items in your listening environment!
|Surround Channel Use|
The video transfer is superb (of course, since the movie sucks!).
The audio transfer is also very good.
Why does this movie deserve Collector's Edition treatment?
|DVD||Panasonic A360 (S-Video output)|
|Display||Pioneer Rear - Projection 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|