|Category||Drama||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1988||Commentary Tracks||None|
(not 133 as per packaging)
|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)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
English for the Hard of Hearing
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes|
Charlie is annoyed with this turn of events, so he decides to kidnap Raymond and attempt to gain his share of his father's three million dollar inheritance. This is basically the starting point of the movie, which is all about the development of the relationship between Charlie and Raymond, with supporting roles played by Valeria Golino (Susanna, Charlie's girlfriend) and Jerry Molen (Dr Bruner, the trustee and head of the institution in which Raymond resides).
This movie hinges on two magnificent performances by Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and succeeds magnificently. It is enthralling and moving.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and is 16x9 enhanced. The DVD cover indicates incorrectly that this is a 4:3 transfer rather than a 16:9 transfer.
The transfer was very sharp and very clear. Even though it is not up to the standards of current transfers, it isn't far behind. Shadow detail was generally very good, with only minor exceptions. No low level noise was apparent.
The colours were beautifully rendered with vivid greens and reds at times, and stark colouration at other times.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts were non-existent. Film artefacts were the only slight giveaway that this movie is 10 years old, and even these were quite non-intrusive.
This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change placed between Chapters 23 and 24, at 80:03. The layer change occurs during a fade to black in the original source material, and is almost unnoticeable.
Dialogue was always very clear and easy to understand.
There were no audio sync problems at all with this disc.
The music by Hans Zimmer is subtle and well-suited to the movie. At times, it does sound a little dated, however.
The surround channels were used lightly for music. Very occasional sound effects found their way into the rear channels, but basically they were music only. Overall, this was a front soundstage mix, with dialogue predominately in the centre channel and music predominantly in the left & right front channels.
The .1 channel had a small amount of use for music.
The video quality is exceptionally good considering the age of the movie.
The audio quality is of good quality.
The extras present are limited.
© Michael Demtschyna
14th 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|