|Category||Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1997||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||87 minutes||Other Extras||Cast & Crew Interviews
Featurette - Making Of (5 mins)
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
English (MPEG 5.1)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
Cameron Drake (Matt Dillon) is a former pupil of Howard's. Cameron has gone on to win an Oscar for his portrayal of a gay in the army. During his acceptance speech, he makes reference to Howard, and tells the world that Howard is gay, something which even Howard wasn't aware of.
Is he gay? Is he straight? The movie revolves around answering this question, and showing the reactions of the local townsfolk to this revealing information.
In & Out starts off as a clumsy farcical comedy, with ridiculously overplayed stereotypical parts, and then does an abrupt about face about half-way through the movie, and becomes much more serious, whilst remaining light-hearted. All throughout the movie as the question of whether or not Howard is gay is raised, I kept wanting to say "I don't care".
One controversial moment is when Tom Selleck, who plays a gay news reporter, gives Howard a lengthy kiss on the lips.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was clear and sharp at all times. Shadow detail was acceptable, though most of the movie is shot quite brightly lit. No low level noise marred the picture.
The colours were nicely balanced and even throughout, with well-saturated hues.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some small amounts of aliasing and some scenes which wobbled slightly. This aspect of the transfer was a little below expectations, but was nonetheless quite acceptable. Film artefacts are present more frequently than they should have been, especially during the opening credits, where they were quite distracting. The opening credits for this movie last a full 5 minutes, as do the end credits, quite remarkable for a movie with a total running time of 87 minutes (incorrectly stated on the packaging as being 90 minutes).
Dialogue was always clear and easily understood in this movie, though the loudest bits of dialogue sounded a little distorted at times. There is a slight audio dropout at 23:25.
There were no audio sync problems with the movie.
The musical score was written by Marc Shaiman. It is unremarkable.
The surround channels were moderately used to support the music and to add some ambience. They were not particularly enveloping.
The .1 channel was lightly used only.
The video quality is acceptable.
The audio quality is acceptable.
The extras are standard Roadshow Home Entertainment fare..
© Michael Demtschyna
3rd March 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|