|Category||Black Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||103 minutes||Other Extras||Animated Main Menu
Cast & Crew Interviews
|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)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
The rest of the movie focusses the group's misadventures in attempting to obtain the deficient cash, as the penalty for non-compliance is severe.
I enjoyed this movie because it was something quite different, and it was very cleverly done.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is reasonably sharp and clear, though it was quite grainy at times. Shadow detail is acceptable, and no low level noise is apparent.
Intentional burned-in subtitles are present between 42:46 and 43:35.
The colours had an unusual tint to them, with a very yellow patina. Not having seen the movie theatrically, I cannot comment on whether or not this is how the film was meant to look, but it appears as if this is the case.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of a small amount of aliasing, but that was all. Film artefacts were rare.
The dialogue is usually clear and easy to understand, though some sections are a little hard to make out. This is as much the fault of the thick English accents used as a fault of the soundtrack.
Most of the disc is in sync, with a few of the ADR sequences marginally out of sync. Fortunately, this is not particularly bad.
The score is comprised of unusual and quirky songs, all well suited to the on-screen action.
The surround channels were not heavily used, with this soundtrack being basically a front soundstage mix. However, given the type of movie that it is, they are not missed at all.
The .1 channel was only lightly used.
The video quality is average.
The audio quality is average.
The extras are somewhat limited but this is compensated for somewhat by an excellent Booklet.
© Michael Demtschyna
12th June 1999
Amended 8th January 2000
|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|