|Category||Action Thriller||Theatrical Trailer(s)||None|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - CT DVD Trailer|
|Year Released||1993||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||124 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Fred Dalton Thompson
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (MPEG 2.0 )
English (MPEG 5.1)
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
Both Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich play their roles to perfection. They both have very well-developed and rounded characters, each with their own inner demons. We can empathize with both of them in their struggle with themselves and with each other. Booth is by no means a one-dimensional villain.
Rene Russo plays another Secret Service agent, and is the somewhat token love interest in this movie.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was razor sharp and crystal clear throughout. A few of the scenes at the start and at the end of the movie appeared too dark for my liking, with subsequent slight loss of shadow detail, but the great majority of the movie was superbly transferred. Shadow detail is generally excellent and there is no low level noise.
The colours tended to be a little on the oversaturated side at times, with very reddish skin tones. This could be corrected by decreasing the colour saturation setting of my display device a notch, which left the remainder of the transfer vibrantly coloured rather than oversaturated.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some image wobble here and there and some trivial aliasing. Film artefacts were rarely seen, and this aspect of the transfer was particularly good given the age of this movie.
Dialogue was always clear and easily understood.
There were no audio sync problems.
The score by Ennio Morricone was frequently present, and enhanced the on-screen action superbly, adding a great deal of tension to the movie. I have found that Ennio Morricone's scores tend to be quite generic and unremarkable, but this is much better than other examples of his work.
The surround channels were aggressively used, with ambience, music and special effects finding their way into the surround channels. In particular, gunshots are very effective, with most of them mixed into all 5.1 channels. Overall, this is a very enveloping mix with nearly continuous signal coming from the rear.
The .1 channel was well used for music and special effects.
The video quality is nearly perfect, with only minor faults.
The audio quality is excellent, with an excellent surround presence.
The extras present are very limited.
© Michael Demtschyna
26th February 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|