|Year Released||1991||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||101:01 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Bruce Willis is Joe Hallenbeck, a down-and-out private investigator who has seen much better days. He has a wife, Sarah (Chelsea Field), who is having an affair, and a daughter, Darian (Taylor Negron), who hates him.
Enter Jimmy Dix (Damon Wayans), an ex-pro American footballer and his girlfriend, Cory (Halle Berry). Cory has a secret and she needs protection. Joe is unable to save her from being killed, and he and Jimmy set about finding out who killed her and why. Joe progressively gets tangled deeper and deeper in the sordid world of professional football until the bad guys are all dealt with, in one way or another.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer suffered frequently from a lack of definition, with a lot of hazy scenes intermixed with sharp clear scenes. I would presume that this was how the movie was shot, but it remains quite distracting. Shadow detail was acceptable but not great. There was no low level noise.
The colour was well saturated throughout.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of considerable amounts of aliasing on numerous occasions, with all of the usual culprits responsible; venetian blinds, cars, and TV displays. Film artefacts remained at an acceptable level.
The overall level of this disc was a little low, and increasing it by 5dB improved the overall effect nicely.
Dialogue was almost always clear and audible.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc other than some occasional ADR being marginally out of sync.
The musical score was by Michael Kamen. It was well suited to the movie.
The surround channels were aggressively used by the soundtrack for special effects and for music. They are nicely enveloping, especially during the action sequences. I did not notice any particular use of split surround effects.
The .1 channel was heavily used supporting the soundtrack and was very well integrated into the overall mix.
The video quality is just barely acceptable.
The audio quality is pretty good.
The extras are non-existent.
© Michael Demtschyna
9th July 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|