|Category||Children's||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - 1.33:1 non-16x9, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 2 - DVD Teaser #2, Dolby Digital City|
|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||85:30 minutes||Other Extras||Cartoon-Madeline 1952 (6:42)
|Start Up||Aspect Ratio selection / Menu|
|Region||2,4||Director||Daisy Von Scherler Mayer|
|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, 384 Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Frances McDormand is very well cast as the nun schoolteacher, and the brilliant Nigel Hawthorne is welcome in any movie.
One suggestion - watch the cartoon FIRST, and then watch the movie. The movie itself starts and ends in the same style as the cartoon, and is very well done. This will be sure to give you appreciation for the movie proper and I don't mind admitting that I myself quite enjoyed this movie - but just don't tell everyone!
The transfer is presented in dual aspect ratios on the one dual layered disc. The disc starts with a very nice prompt to choose your preferred ratio. We have a widescreen 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced version, and a 1:33:1 Pan & Scan version. Comparisons between the two reveal that some side information is lost on the Pan & Scan version. There were times where the 1.78:1 version seems a little bit cramped also, which leads me to believe that the theatrical aspect ratio is greater. I watched the 1.78:1 widescreen transfer.
The picture is at all times sharp and clear, with plenty of detail. Shadow detail is good, but could have been slightly better. There is no low-level noise at all.
The colours are nicely captured, and being a children's movie this is important. Plenty of strong primary colours at times, but never garish or oversaturated.
There were no MPEG artefacts during this movie. There are no film-to-video artefacts at all. There are no film artefacts, not surprising given the youth of this movie.
This disc is Dual-Layered, with the Pan & Scan and the Widescreen versions of the movie on separate layers of the disc.
Dialogue was at all times clear and easy to understand.
There were no problems with audio sync during the movie.
The musical score by Michel LeGrand is wonderfully recorded, and perfectly suits the flavour of the movie. The sound is rich, full and detailed.
Although this mix is 5.1, I would have had a hard time picking it had I not known. There is little to no use of the surrounds, giving a very front-heavy soundstage to the presentation. Whilst this is not of major concern given the target audience of this film, there were times when the surrounds should have been used more.
The subwoofer got little use, and there were no low-frequency surprises here.
U.S. Theatrical Trailer (1:44)
Presented in 1.33:1, it is not 16x9 enhanced. It does however have Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
Cartoon - Madeline (6:42)
This is a charming cartoon made in 1952. It is in very good condition, and is a great addition to the disc.
Biography - Author
The video quality is excellent.
The audio is very good, only let down by the lack of surround usage.
A nice assortment of extras.
|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|