|Running Time||66:46 Minutes|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 256 Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Original Aspect Ratio||?1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The colour saturation in this transfer is acceptable, but nothing special in spite of the fact that this is the best transfer in the series. Skin tones were rendered accurately in spite of being occasionally affected by posterization. Dot crawl is visible in the edges of some colours, but this is relatively minor compared to the previous transfers, especially the first.
MPEG artefacts are still mildly problematic, with some posterization and macro-blocking still mildly evident, but it is only really noticeable when certain shots are paused or in slow motion. Film-to-video artefacts weren't a problem. Film artefacts didn't appear to be a specific problem in this transfer, either.
The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times, without the limits posed during the previous transfers. Audio sync is not a problem because almost all of the speech occurs off-screen, and the speech that did occur on-screen had no subjective faults.
The score music once again succeeds in making the film seem more like satire or a bad comedy than a documentary, in spite of the best efforts of three different composers. Jefferson Chambers, Ellas Marshall, and David Roper all worked on this score, with a theme song present that is so abominably lame that the parties responsible don't deserve to be specifically mentioned.
The stereo activity of this soundtrack is reasonable, but there is no surround presence to speak of. There really is very little in the soundtrack that would call for the use of surrounds, anyway. The subwoofer was used to support some sound effects and music, but was mostly silent.
The video quality is average.
The audio quality is acceptable.
There are no extras.
© Dean McIntosh (my
bio sucks... read it anyway)
November 23, 2000.
|DVD||Grundig GDV 100 D, using composite output; Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), using composite and S-video inputs, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Amplification||Sony STR-DE835, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Yamaha NS-45 Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer|