|Category||Drama||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Rating||Other Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - DVD Teaser #2|
|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||Yes, 1 - Don Roos (Writer/Director), David Codron (Editor), Michael Besman (Producer)|
|Running Time||96:58 minutes||Other Extras||Cast Filmographies
Deleted Scenes, 5
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||2.0|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
The Opposite of Sex stars Christina Ricci as the totally unpleasant, selfish, heartless and foul-mouthed Dedee Truitt. It tells the story of her use and abuse of all those around her, from her gay brother Bill (Martin Donovan) to his lover Matt Matteo (Ivan Sergei) to Bill's ex-lover's sister Lucia Dalury (Lisa Kudrow).
Dedee is deliberately written as an extremely unpleasant individual, and just when there may be a glimmer of redemption coming through, her voice-over instantly plunges her back down into the abyss.
In short, I hated this movie and found it to be totally without any redeeming features at all.
The transfer was generally sharp and clear, though some scenes were a little out of focus and some lacked clarity because of unusual lighting choices. Shadow detail was passable but not great. There was no low level noise apparent.
There is a lot of short and choppy editing in this movie, and frequently there is a brief vertical skip in the video stream at the cuts. This became very distracting after a while.
The colours were generally well-rendered, though some scenes had a very harsh quality about them.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some minor aliasing. Film artefacts were few and far between.
Dialogue was usually clear and easy to understand, though some of it was hard to make out and occasional dialogue was distorted.
There were no audio sync problems.
The score by Mason Daring was suitably jaunty (to use their own word for it).
The surround channel did little. This soundtrack was basically a front soundstage mix, with the dialogue in the centre channel and the music in the left and right channels.
The .1 channel received a small amount of signal from the processor.
The video quality is good but not great.
The audio quality is acceptable.
The extras are comprehensive.
© Michael Demtschyna
24th July 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|