Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (1999) (NTSC)
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||None Given|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
There are three cases to solve on this DVD:
The Case of the Tin Soldier
The Case of the Mystified Murderess
Besides the acting and production value areas of the DVD, there are problems with the mystery solving system. It is simply too hard to figure out the cases. I had major problems completing the first case which is the easiest out of the three. I had to go as far as consulting the website for hints to solve the crimes and even when I did, I still had trouble! The way the cases are solved is very complicated and constrained - certain things have to be done or accessed so that the judge lets your case be heard. For example, in the first case, you have to obtain a list of people on a ship. Without the play guide I would have never done this and without doing it you cannot pass the case, and I had no idea that I had to do it (though this may just be me).
Too much is expected of you from this DVD. There are no hints on the DVD or more information on how much of the case you have completed, which would have been very useful.
It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced. It is in the NTSC format, so make sure your display device can handle it.
The transfer is generally very soft, with minor details such as facial hair being rather blurred. Unfortunately, I cannot give exact times for these faults due to the nature of this DVD. The backgrounds are as artificial as they come, and this poor transfer makes them look even worse. Throughout the DVD there are stills showing information and so forth. These stills are poorly defined and really do show how bad the transfer is. Shadow detail is lacking in all the dark scenes, making it look very much like a cheap home video.
The colour is rather muted, with pale skin tones and none of the vibrancy that we normally expect from the DVD format.
Grain is apparent through all of the live-action scenes. This is not just subtle grain though, this is very prominent grain that will be annoyingly apparent to everyone. Several tape tracking errors were noted as well as various marks, spots, and flecks.
All of these issues combined with the poorer NTSC system makes for the worst video transfer I have ever seen.
There is only one audio track on this DVD, that being a Dolby Digital 2.0 effort.
Dialogue was decent, though at times it did get muffled, seemingly because of the rather low volume that it was recorded at.
Audio sync was fine.
This track sounds more like mono even though it is encoded in 2.0 - it has most likely been up-mixed into quasi-stereo. It has a very loud hiss at all times during live-action scenes which affects the dialogue as well as the music. The audio sounds like it has been taped using the built-in microphone of a very poor quality tape recorder. Obviously no processing attempts have been made to the soundtrack to lessen the distortion.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|