|Year Released||1991||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||96:23 minutes||Other Extras||None|
|Region||2,4||Director||Mario Van Peebles|
Warner Home Video
Mario Van Peebles
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||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)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|Macrovision||?||Smoking||Yes (not cigarettes!)|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, one spot|
|Action In or After Credits||None|
The transfer was sharp and clear at all times, with only a very few shots marred slightly by some film grain, particularly early on. Shadow detail was very good and there was no low level noise.
The colours were quite harshly presented, with a strong bluish tone to the movie, though I am sure that this is a deliberate cinematic choice because not all the scenes are presented so. Some scenes are presented with vibrant colours. A few of the scenes with strong reds in them bleed ever so slightly, but this is a very minor complaint indeed.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. There were no film-to-video artefacts seen. A few scratches in the print were noticed, but nothing of any significance.
Dialogue was always clear and reasonably easy to understand, to the point of sounding unnatural and processed at times. There is a lot of jargon used, which is quite hard to get used to.
Chapter 17 was a little out of sync, but the rest of the movie was fine.
The score by Michael Colombier in combination with a number of rap artists was appropriately affronting, aggressive and in-your-face. Even though I didn't particularly like the music, it was certainly appropriate to the on-screen action.
The surround channels were used at times for special effects, but only had moderate use, and never for split surround effects that I could detect.
The .1 channel was also used only moderately, to support special effects and music.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is reasonably good.
The extras are non-existent.
© Michael Demtschyna
9th September 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|