|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - CT DVD Trailer|
|Year Released||1995||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||100 minutes||Other Extras||None|
David Alan Grier
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||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||1.85:1|
We then skip 26 years into the future, where the game is rediscovered by Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce). They begin to play as well, and bad things start appearing for them as well. One good thing that happens is that Alan Parrish returns from the world of Jumanji as an adult (Robin Williams). They quickly determine that they must finish the game in order for everything to be made alright again, but they need Sarah as an adult to help (Bonnie Hunt). The game conjures up more and more nasties as they progress through the game, which is what the movie is all about.
There are some spectacular visual effects in this movie, and there are some very cheesy ones as well, such as the very fake-looking lion. However, viewed as escapist entertainment, this movie succeeds admirably, aided by a very aggressive sound mix and a nice musical score.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was razor sharp and crystal clear throughout, except for a very few shots which looked a little grainy. I felt that some of the movie was perhaps a bit darker than I would have expected given the footage, but this was a minor issue. Shadow detail is excellent and there is no low level noise.
The colours tended to be a little on the muted side at times, though at other times they were quite vibrant.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts were non-existent. Film artefacts were generally few and far between, though there were more of them present in this transfer than is usually the case for contemporary transfers.
There are three subtitle faults in this transfer, where subtitles come on and are superimposed over the burned-in subtitles on the image itself; at 1:43, 2:03 and 14:45. This is a mastering fault, but is only a minor annoyance.
I felt that the level of the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack was set quite high, but listened to it at my usual listening level nonetheless.
Dialogue was mostly clear, though there were a few times when loud dialogue sounded slightly distorted.
There were no audio sync problems.
The score by James Horner was frequently used, and accompanied the on-screen action admirably.
The surround channels were very aggressively used, with frequent use of split surround effects. The most remarkable use of this is when things are swirling into the game, where you can hear the sound swirling around you in 360°. They are frequently active at other times as well, however, and create a highly enveloping experience.
The .1 channel was used very aggressively for music and special effects.
If not for the slight distortion on dialogue, this soundtrack would have received a reference rating. Nonetheless, it is an excellent soundtrack that is ideally suited for showing off your sound system.
The video quality is very good, but perhaps a bit dark overall.
The audio quality is excellent, and virtually perfect. It has a very aggressive surrounding presence.
The extras present are very limited.
© Michael Demtschyna
24th 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|