Portrait of Murder (The Rendering) (2002)

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Released 11-Feb-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Menu Animation & Audio
Trailer-The Bone Collector; Jagged Edge; Single White Female
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 87:59 (Case: 92)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Peter Svatek
Studio
Distributor
Hearst Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Shannen Doherty
Peter Outerbridge
Stephen Young
John H. Brenna
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $39.95 Music James Gelfand


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    If you were wondering whatever happened to Shannen Doherty from Beverly Hills 90210 ... well, wonder no more, for this is a made-for-TV thriller with her as the major protagonist.

    Ten years ago, an art student named Sarah (Shannen Doherty) was finishing up a painting of a mother and child. As she is leaving the university, she is pursued by a stalker/admirer who stabs her and nearly kills her. Luckily, she utilizes her drawing skills to sketch a very good rendering of his face, enabling the police to find and capture him - a young man by the name of Gray (Peter Outerbridge).

    Fast forward to "today." Sarah is now a successful businesswoman married to Michael (John Brennan). However, she still moonlights as a police sketch artist, capturing portraits of criminals based on descriptions provided by their victims. One day, she sketches a murderer/rapist and is shocked to discover it is a portrait of someone who looks like her husband. Could it be ...

    Guess what happens next? Her husband is arrested and incriminating evidence is found at their home. At first, Sarah is not sure whether her husband really is the perpetrator, but then other clues emerge. He is six feet tall, but the victim describes her attacker as 5 feet seven inches tall. Soon she starts to suspect that Michael has been framed, but by whom and why?

    The twists in this story are fairly predictable. I guess for a made-for-TV movie it's not too bad, but there is far better fare out there.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Given that this is a made-for-TV movie, we are treated to a 1.33:1 transfer - presumably this is the intended aspect ratio.

    This is a decent but unexceptional transfer, with average shadow detail and medium contrast. Colours are reasonably well saturated.

    Detail levels are good, but not exceptional, as can be evidenced from the close-up of the newspaper print around 31:17-31:20 (you can clearly read headlines but the small print is quite blurry). A reference quality transfer would have allowed me to actually read the small print.

    As you might expect, the film source is quite clean and grain, although present, is never at annoying levels. I did not notice any compression artefacts nor did I note the presence of edge enhancement.

    There are no subtitle tracks on this single sided single layered disc.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There is only one audio track: English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s).

    I don't know whether the audio track is surround-encoded, but it certainly doesn't need cinema re-equalization, and engaging Dolby Pro Logic II provided a nice faux spread of Foley effects into the surround channels. There are minimal panning effects across the front channels.

    Dialogue is pretty clear throughout and I did not notice any issues with audio synchronization.

    The background music is very derivative of other thriller films with the original music score credited to James Gelfand.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    The extras on this disc are limited to trailers.

Menu

    The main menu is full frame but animated and includes an intro and background animation.

Trailer-The Bone Collector; Jagged Edge; Single White Female, Theatrical Trailer (6:58)

    These are encoded as a single title so you can play all trailers in sequence. The trailers are presented in a mixture of 1.33:1 (full frame/pan & scan) and 1.78:1 letterboxed. The audio track is Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s).

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This title has yet to be released in Region 1.

Summary

    Portrait of Murder, also called The Rendering, is a made-for-TV thriller starring Shannen Doherty.

    The video transfer is acceptable.

    The audio transfer is also acceptable.

    Extras are limited to four trailers.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Christine Tham (read my biography)
Monday, April 07, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RP82, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE (upgraded)
SpeakersFront and surrounds: B&W CDM7NT, front centre: B&W CDMCNT, surround backs: B&W DM601S2, subwoofer: B&W ASW2500

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