Bare Witness (2001)

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Released 11-Sep-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Diary Of A Sex Addict
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 84:57
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Kelley Cauthen
Studio
Distributor
Mainline Releasing
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Angie Everhart
Daniel Baldwin
Evan MacKenzie
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $36.95 Music Michael Vista


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Dutch
Arabic
Bulgarian
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Russian
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

   There are limited extras.

Menu

   A simple menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Trailers

   The trailers for Bare Witness and Diary of a Sex Addict.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Saturday, March 08, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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