All the Right Moves (1983)

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Released 17-Jun-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1983
Running Time 86:39
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (42:38) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Michael Chapman
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Tom Cruise
Lea Thompson
Christopher Penn
Craig T. Nelson
Case ?
RPI ? Music David Campbell


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
French
German for the Hearing Impaired
Italian
French Titling
German Titling
Italian Titling
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The classic US High School football drama, All The Right Moves, staring a very young Tom Cruise, has been released on DVD.

    In the 1980s there were a number of industrial cinderella movies, ranging from An Officer A Gentleman to Flashdance. The themes of these were almost all the same, and in many ways, timeless. Young no-hopers with a dream of leaving their bleak and gritty hometown in search of a better life, through using their special gift or talent. For Stef (Tom Cruise), in All The Right Moves, that's American Football. While the last few generations of his family has toiled in the local Pittsburgh steel-mill, American Pipe and Steel, Stef dreams of using his skill on the football field to win a scholarship to college, where he can become an engineer, and "decide what to do with the steel once it's made". Stef's girlfriend (Lea Thompson), and Stef's best friend, Brian (Christopher Penn), also have dreams, yet none of them are naive or idealistic. Rather, all of them are almost cynical, and well aware of the harsh realities of life. As they survey their older generations, they can clearly see the scrapheap of discarded hopes. Under the tutelage of their passionate football coach (Craig T Nelson), Stef's team pin all their hopes on one big win against another Pittsburgh high school, which should bring them all to prominence before the College Football Selectors.

    The movie features great, and early, film acting performances from Tom Cruise, Christopher Penn, and Lea Thompson. Craig T Nelson is dependable, as always, in the role of the football coach. Of note, there is great cinematography provided by Jan De Bont, who was also DOP on films such as Die Hard, Black Rain, The Hunt For The Red October, Basic Instinct, and Lethal Weapon 3. Of course De Bont also went on to have a directing career, which started very successfully with Speed and Twister, but then floundered with Speed 2 and The Haunting, However it might be saved with Tomb Raider 2 which is due out soon. In All The Right Moves, De Bont's work manages to capture the look and feel of a decaying industrial town. The bleakness is not only in the art direction, as many of De Bont's shots capture the loneliness and lost hope of some of the town's characters.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is extremely grainy, and limited by the very dated source material.

    The transfer is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The sharpness is generally okay, but some scenes are soft, such as at 32:29. Of most note, the shadow detail is poor throughout. For example, consider the dark scenes in the car interior at 4:22, or the shadowy scene at 45:50.

    The colour is very drab, and while some of this appears to be intentional, overall, the image does appear slightly under-saturated.

    There are no real problems with MPEG artefacts.

    Film-to-video artefacts are present in the form of some slight aliasing, such as the shimmer on the tractor grill at 79:54, and some telecine wobble, which is most notable during the opening credits.

    Film artefacts appear frequently throughout.

    Seven sets of subtitles are present on the DVD, and the English subtitles are simplified but accurate.

    This is a RSDL disc, with the layer change placed at 42:38. As it is between scenes it is not too disruptive.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    Originally released theatrically in Optical Mono, and remixed into Dolby Digital 5.1 for this DVD, the audio retains much of its original feel.

    Apart from the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kb/s) audio track, there are also the following audio options: French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s), German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s), and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kb/s).

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are acceptable on the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.

    The musical score is credited to David Campbell. It is usually quite minimalist and synthesizer-based, but it is still effective. There are also a smattering of 1980s-style sounds throughout.

    The surround presence and LFE activity is extremely limited. I didn't hear anything of any great value from the rears, or from the subwoofer.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    The extras are limited to one trailer.

Menu

    A very simple menu.

Theatrical Trailer (2:34)

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

R4 vs R1

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

    All The Right Moves has been released on DVD in Region 1.

    The Region 4 DVD misses out on:

    The Region 1 DVD misses out on:

    As there appears to be no compelling reason to favour one version, I would call them even.

Summary

   Although All The Right Moves is showing its age, its theme remains timeless, and is still very enjoyable.

    The video quality is disappointing but still watchable.

    The audio quality is good, considering its limited source material.

    The extra is really not worth mentioning.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Saturday, June 21, 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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