Bare Witness (2001)
Trailer-Diary Of A Sex Addict
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||Kelley Cauthen|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Bare Witness is a weak soft-porn detective movie on a poor DVD.
From the makers of Dead Sexy (reviewed here by Terry M), comes Bare Witness. The same weak formula has been applied: Grab a known Playboy Playmate as the star of a slow and predictable detective story. Pepper it with lengthy, simulated sex scenes, plenty of female nudity, and plenty of clichés, such as the Dirty Harry-style detective with a bad attitude and no respect for authority -- one who does things his way.
LA prostitute Julie (Catalina Larranga), and one of her customers, hitman and former Navy Seal Gav (Mark Siverteen) video themselves 'on the job'. Afterwards, Gav realises that this was probably a bad idea, and wants the tape back. Gav's boss, another former Navy Seal, and now millionaire property developer, Hunter (Evan MacKenzie) sees to this, and poor Julie comes to some misfortune in the process. Her flatmate, former porn-star Carly (Angie Everhart) also becomes a target, and Detective Killian (Daniel Baldwin), steps in to provide protection, a love story, and more sex scenes.
The transfer is presented in a full frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
The image is generally very soft, and the shadow detail is poor.
The colour appears a tad undersaturated, and the skin tones are a little brown.
MPEG artefacts appear in the form of pixelization. While there are no glaring film-to-video artefacts, film artefacts appear throughout as tiny flecks.
There are 17 sets of subtitles, and the English ones are accurate.
This is a single-sided, single-layered disc.
There are two audio options: English and Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded (both 192Kb/s).
Both the dialogue quality and the audio sync are poor. For example, the dialogue often appears dubbed, and often appears slightly out, such as at 33:02.
The music is credited to Michael Vista, and it is simple, but effective.
The surround presence and activity is very limited, and only a small amount of the score is piped to the rears. There was no noticeable subwoofer action.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are limited extras.
A simple menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.
The trailers for Bare Witness and Diary of a Sex Addict.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 1 and 4 DVDs are basically the same.
Bare Witness attempts to 'straddle' the genres of porn and detective mystery, and as Terry M noted with Dead Sexy, in doing so it fails to please either genre's audience.
The video quality is acceptable for what it is.
The audio quality is also acceptable.
The extras are slim.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|