|Category||Romantic Black Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||None|
|Year Released||1997||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||99:20 minutes||Other Extras||Cast & Crew Interviews
Featurette-On Set Interviews
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
|Start Up||Language Selection,
then Aspect Ratio,
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Pan & Scan||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
Ewan McGregor is Robert, a cleaner who has just been fired, and whose girlfriend has just dumped him for an aerobics instructor. He storms in on his boss, Naville (Ian Holm) and insists that he be reinstated. Almost by default, he kidnaps Celine (Cameron Diaz), Naville's daughter.
Overseeing the ensuant misadventure are two angels, Jackson (Delroy Lindo) and O'Reilly (Holly Hunter).
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. The disc is a dual layer disc, with a Pan & Scan version of the movie on the other layer of the disc.
The transfer is very sharp and very clear, except for the scenes set in Heaven which were deliberately overexposed and almost totally white. Shadow detail was good, and no low level noise was apparent.
The colours were vivid and well saturated with some very pleasing cinematography to enjoy, unlike the very dank Trainspotting.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some trivial aliasing, but that was all. Film artefacts were occasionally present, but were not intrusive.
The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand.
Audio sync was not a problem on this disc until the end credits, where the ending dialogue is noticeably out of sync with the video.
The score is comprised of a number of disparate songs, from the contemporary grunge sound to old standards.
The surround channels were well used and kept moderately active with the music and some ambience and special effects. Whilst not particularly enveloping, the soundtrack nonetheless did a reasonable job of enveloping you in the movie.
The .1 channel was used moderately to support the music and for the special effects.
The video quality is very good. It is 16x9 enhanced, whereas the Region 1 version of this disc is not. It is in the correct theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 whereas the Region 1 version of this disc is incorrectly framed at 2.35:1, so our version is clearly superior to the Region 1 version.
The audio quality is above average.
The extras are limited and they aren't great, but there are more of them than on the Region 1 disc.
© Michael Demtschyna
1st July 1999
Amended 21st December 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|