|Year Released||1996||Commentary Tracks||None|
Warner Home Video
|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)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
To give away more would be to ruin some of the suspense. Suffice it to say that this is a really excellent movie, with top notch performances from all of the main players.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. The question that most needed answering about this transfer is whether or not it was a true 16x9 transfer. I believe this was a real 16x9 transfer on the basis of the resolution of the image.
The transfer was generally sharp and clear, though I felt that it lost some definition at some times, especially with motion. The early part of the transfer (the first 10 minutes or so) were less than satisfactory, but things settled down rapidly and the transfer became excellent. Shadow detail was satisfactory.
The colour was well saturated throughout after the first 10 minutes.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of a moderate amount of aliasing at times and a moiré effect on TV images Film artefacts were rare.
Dialogue was always clear and audible.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc.
The musical score was by James Horner. It suited the feel of the movie admirably, adding a nice degree of tension to the overall experience.
The surround channels were not used a great deal, with ambience and the odd special effect confined to the front soundstage.
The .1 channel was mostly silent throughout this movie, with occasional use to support the action sequences.
The video quality is pretty good.
The audio quality is good.
The extras present are non-existent.
© Michael Demtschyna
22nd May 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|