|Category||Action||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1993||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||125:36 minutes||Other Extras||Featurette-Behind The Scenes (6:21)
Music Video-AC/DC "Big Gun" (4:35)
F. Murray Abraham
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256 Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256 Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256 Kb/s)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
In a nutshell, a boy who idolizes action super-hero Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger) manages to be thrown into the world of the movies. From here he becomes involved in Slater's latest movie whilst at the same time bringing his hero into the real world. This movie is choc-a-bloc full of explosions, gun fighting, car chases, and all the classic Big Arnie action stunts. This is not the kind of movie where you have to suspend your disbelief periodically. Rather, it is one that doesn't require your brain to be anywhere near your head. Just let Arnie do his thing, and you will be sure to enjoy.
Also, be sure to catch some of the many cameo roles throughout this movie. My favourite - a couple of Terminator 2 appearances including a poster showing Sylvester Stallone as the Terminator. Very funny stuff.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture is uniformly sharp and well defined. Shadow detail is slightly below par, but acceptable. Given that a lot of this movie takes place in dim conditions, a small improvement here would have been welcome. There was no low-level noise apart from one scene where a digitally inserted Humphrey Bogart makes a brief appearance, stretching the digital technology of the day but nonetheless being very impressive. There was the slightest hint of edge enhancement which had the effect of blurring fine detail in bright distant shots, but this is only apparent on close inspection.
The colours are very nicely rendered indeed. I felt that the colour balance was essentially perfect, with nice flesh tones and clear blues and reds.
There were no MPEG artefacts during this movie. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of the very slightest aliasing in some scenes. There was a distinct absence of film artefacts.
This disc is RSDL. The layer change occurs at 57:22 minutes, between Chapters 16 and 17. It is well placed and is not disruptive to the flow of the movie.
There are a total of five audio tracks on this disc: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, German Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 track.
Dialogue was at times difficult to understand, especially Big Arnie's delivery of some lines due to his accent. However, the dialogue was nicely integrated and natural sounding.
There were no problems with audio sync during the movie.
The music by Michael Kamen was unremarkable. It never really called much attention to itself, but was effective given the nature of the movie.
The surrounds got excellent use throughout the movie. I was interested to note that, amongst others, the movie was released theatrically with a Dolby Stereo mix. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix we have makes much use of the split-surrounds for sound effects, and sounds very contemporary. Bullets whiz past, and often sounds pan from rear to front. There is full use of the frequency range making for a thrilling audio presentation.
The subwoofer was used superbly for explosions and general sound effects. Never did it call attention to itself. Again, well integrated into the mix.
The video quality is very good.
The audio is excellent.
The extras are decent.
|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|