Absolute Power (1997) (NTSC)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,4||Directed By||Clint Eastwood|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
How can you go wrong when your supporting cast includes Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, and Judy Davis? Add to that mix star and director Clint Eastwood, and then have the screenplay written by William Goldman. To answer the question - you can't. Absolute Power is simply a terrific film. The story revolves around a jewel thief, played by Eastwood, who witnesses an accidental homicide whilst conducting a break and enter. To make maters worse, the offender is the President of the United States, Hackman, who, when realising there was a witness sets the Secret Service on a search and destroy mission.
Eastwood, wearing hats as both star and director, shines in both categories. He delivers a solid, well-measured acting performance and his direction is all class. Every tense cliff-hanger moment is milked for all its worth. The screenplay by veteran William Goldman of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Fame is well written with believable dialogue and clever character motivation. The supporting cast are excellent with not a weak link to speak of. Hackman is always at his best when playing the villain, although Davis shines in this area also.
Absolute Power is an engaging film that relies on story-driven thrills over splashy effects work and should appeal to fans of classic thrillers.
Absolute Power is presented in an aspect ratio of 2:35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced for widescreen televisions. This is a Region 4 NTSC transfer.
Sharpness levels are excellent with little to no edge enhancement. Shadow detail is first rate, with nice solid blacks. There is little to no grain apparent and no low level noise problems.
Colours are natural, vibrant and well rendered.
There are occasional film artefacts, but nothing distracting.
If all Region 4 NTSC transfers were this well presented, the ongoing debate on the matter would become a moot point.
Absolute Power has been given an English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track only.
Dialogue is always clear and there are no audio sync problems.
The musical score is credited to Clint Eastwood and Lennie Niehaus and they do a fine job. Is there anything Eastwood can't do?
Surround channel usage is first rate - the 5.1 soundtrack makes great use of directional soundfields.
The subwoofer enhances proceedings nicely, with ample resonance.
|Surround Channel Use|
Standard PR fare.
A non-taxing read spread over several pages.
The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on a Pan & Scan version, otherwise all versions are identical.
Absolute Power is a well made thriller with a great cast. The disc is bare bones, but sports a nice transfer and a great audio track.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||LG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony HT-K215.|