|Category||Black Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - 1.33:1 non 16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City (erroneously encoded in 2.0)|
|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||Yes, 1 - Darren Stein (Writer & Director), Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Running Time||83:16 minutes||Other Extras||Featurette - Behind The Scenes
Music Video - Imperial Teen "Yoo Hoo"
Biographies - Cast & Crew
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Black comedies were never my thing, and try as I might I cannot find death in any way amusing. Am I too uptight? Maybe. The only positive aspect of this entire movie is the eye candy provided by the lead bitch Rose McGowan, and she basically tries to carry the whole movie, and succeeds I suppose. Director and Writer Darren Stein has tried very hard to be clever with this one, but it simply doesn't work, at least not for me.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.
At all times the image was gloriously sharp, clear and detailed. Shadow detail was exemplary, and there was no low-level noise. All these things are a given from Columbia TriStar, and there are no surprises here.
The colour rendition is excellent, with full saturation giving the film the intended "larger than life" feel. This is a really good example of how colours should look.
There were no MPEG artefacts during this movie other than the scene where the dead body is being photographed by the police. The whole screen lights up and fades down in slow motion, and this torture test strains the encoding process with visible results. There were no film-to-video artefacts worth mentioning. What is worth mentioning is the propensity of film artefacts - the entire movie was filled with them to one degree or another. A result of this is that the editing process, which normally goes unnoticed, is brought into sharp relief. It is obvious when scenes are pasted together, because many shots have telltale film blemishes and others do not, and jumping between them looks ridiculous. Why a movie made as recently as 1998 should suffer these problems is beyond me, and I have lowered the video rating a notch down because of this.
There are two audio tracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and German Dolby Digital 5.1, as well as an English commentary track in Dolby Digital 2.0 . I listened to the default English soundtrack.
Dialogue was at all times clear and easy to understand.
There were no problems with audio sync during the movie.
The score suited the movie very well, being what you might call "attitude" music. Very modern, very clean and very quirky. However, it will be too soon if I never hear the signature song "yoo hoo" again, and I have developed a healthy loathing for it. The soundstage is wide and very full sounding.
This is a fairly aggressive surround mix, with extensive use of the rear channels to add ambience and atmosphere to the movie. Many of the short sound snippets which mark scene changes shoot across the rears and around the front, and they are an aural treat. Having such an active surround presence also has the effect of widening the front sound-stage and allowing it to extend beyond the main speakers and wrap around the listener, and this soundtrack makes good use of that.
The happy subwoofer was used throughout to add weight to music and effects, and also helped with many "stabs" used by the score.
The video should have been reference quality, but a massive amount of film artefacts let it down.
The audio is excellent, and very enveloping.
A generous helping of extras.
|DVD||Panasonic A350A; S-Video output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T43W1 125cm Widescreen 16x9|
|Audio Decoder||Internal Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD Player)|
|Amplification||Sony STRDE-525 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|