Nothing But Trouble (1991) (NTSC)

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Released 11-Jun-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Adventure None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1991
Running Time 93:09
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 1,4 Directed By Dan Aykroyd
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Dan Aykroyd
Chevy Chase
John Candy
Demi Moore
Valri Bromfield
Taylor Negron
Bertila Damas
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music Michael Kamen


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Nothing But Trouble is a comedy about a group of friends that are arrested for a minor traffic infringement in a small town and are then held captive by a crazed old judge.

    Chris Thorne (Chevy Chase) is a successful New York financial advisor who also publishes his own newsletter. While holding a party in his apartment, he meets Diane (Demi Moore), a new resident in his building, and the two decide to travel to Atlantic City the next day. Joining the pair on this journey is an Argentine couple who are one of Chris's most influential clients. During their trip, the group decide to take a scenic side road and while passing through a small town they inadvertently roll through a stop sign. After being pursued by a local police office (John Candy), the group are brought before the local judge (Dan Aykroyd). The judge has a very strict view of the local law and often orders offenders put to death. While trying to escape, Chris and his friends come across a range of strange and memorable characters.

    With the involvement of Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy, viewers would expect significantly more from this comedy. Unfortunately, this story never really gets going with its ridiculous plot and real lack of direction. One of the few memorable moments during the movie is a guest performance by hip-hop band Digital Underground. I had previously seen this film when first released on laserdisc and my only recollection was of the BMW driven by Chase in the film. After watching this movie again, it became clear why this was all I remembered of this film.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This pan and scan NTSC transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    The transfer is always quite soft and constantly seems to be lacking high level detail. During the dark scenes, only average levels of shadow detail may be seen and this is slightly annoying.

    The colour palette always appears muted and washed out. This poor level of colour saturation is constantly disappointing.

    Two small MPEG compression artefacts may be clearly seen at 72:16 and 72:22 but due to their short duration these are never distracting.

    A significant number of aliasing artefacts may be seen throughout the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 0:34, 4:55, 7:22, 10:29 and 15:38. Numerous instances of moiré artefacts may also be seen during the transfer with examples clearly visible at 8:37, 10:53, 20:07 and 37:56. All of these artefacts are very obvious and are quite disruptive.

    Numerous small film artefacts may be seen throughout the transfer. Examples of these artefacts may be seen at 0:19, 6:22, 6:36, 8:01 and 25:25. Due to their frequency, these artefacts are slightly annoying. Some obvious film grain may be seen during the transfer but this never poses a problem.

    Unfortunately, no subtitles are included on this disc. A single set of English captions is provided and I extensively sampled these, finding them consistently accurate.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    A single English Dolby Digital 2.0 192 kbps surround track is provided on this disc.

    The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times. No dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected at any time during the transfer.

    The score by Michael Kamen always suits the on-screen action but never draws attention to itself.

    The surround channel is used throughout the transfer for both the score and occasional effects.

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Extras

Menu

    The extremely basic menu simply shows the Warner Bros logo and is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The menu only offers scene selection.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is identical to the version previously released in R1.

Summary

    Nothing But Trouble is a forgettable comedy that is let down by a ridiculous storyline and a lack of direction.

    The video transfer shows numerous artefacts and is extremely disappointing at all times.

    The audio transfer is suitable for the material presented.

    No extras are provided on this disc.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Saturday, June 07, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationFront left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
SpeakersFront left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

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