|Year Released||1992||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||80:18 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
Predictably, Charles Rane escapes, and shoots people. Also predictably, John Cutter manages to evade detection, and works his way through the henchmen. This is largely movie-making by the numbers, but it rises slightly above the genre and remains entertaining for its very short 80 minutes, despite some excruciatingly bad dialogue at times.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
As a small aside, subtitles on this disc do not default to on, whereas they do on the Region 1 version of this disc.
The transfer is very sharp and very clear, with only some small hints of grain in the image. Shadow detail was good. There was no low level noise.
The colour tended to be marginally muted, but was even and consistent throughout.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some very rare and mild aliasing. Film artefacts remained at an acceptable level.
The overall level of this disc was a little low, and increasing it by 3dB improved the overall effect nicely.
Dialogue was a little muffled and somewhat hard to hear, but never to the point of having to strain excessively to hear the dialogue.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc.
The musical score was by Stanley Clarke. It was very stylish and aptly suited the movie.
The surround channels were aggressively used by the soundtrack for special effects and for music. They were quite enveloping during the action sequences.
The .1 channel was heavily used to support the soundtrack and was well integrated into the overall mix.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is pretty good.
The extras are non-existent.
© Michael Demtschyna
15th 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|