The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Dolby Digital Trailer-Rain
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Audio Commentary-Jonathan Lynn (Director)
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Jonathan Lynn|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Michael Clarke Duncan
|Case||Village Roadshow New Style|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (320Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, a few times.|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, action during opening and closing credits.|
The basic premise of the film is as follows: Nicholas Oseransky (Oz - Matthew Perry) is a dentist who hates his life and his wife. After noticing that he has a new neighbour (Bruce Willis), Oz decides to welcome him but soon realizes that he is Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski, the just-released-from-prison hitman. What's great about this part of the film is the way in which Oz remembers who Jimmy really is. After getting to know Jimmy a little, Oz is sent by his nightmare of a wife (Rosanna Arquette) to Chicago - the reason being that a contract is hanging over Jimmy's head, and she wants to collect on it. What follows is a very comedic film that still has a good storyline and some twists as the film draws to a close. Although the film tended to get a little serious at times, it is still one for the comedy fans out there.
Since the film was co-produced by David Willis, Bruce Willis was immediately on board as he is David's brother. Matthew Perry jumped at the opportunity to work with Bruce and also signed for the film. They are not the only big stars, however. Also making appearances are Rosanna Arquette (who has the worst fake accent I have ever heard), Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), Natasha Henstridge (Species and Species II) and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects). With a great cast such as this, you'd think some good results would eventuate and they do. Great performances by Willis and Perry in particular make the film genuinely funny.
The film is directed by Jonathan Lynn of My Cousin Vinny fame who is very experienced, although there are a couple of continuity flaws in the movie that really should have been picked up and rectified before the film was released. For example, in Chapter 12 when Amanda Peet has her head out of the window, the position of her hands changes in a quick cut, which I felt was very unprofessional.
Overall, The Whole Nine Yards is rather good in my opinion, and definitely worth seeing.
It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer exhibits a razor sharp picture with so much detail revealed that I could make out every one of Bruce Willis' wrinkles. Never have I seen a better picture on a disc besides A Bug's Life or Toy Story 2. Shadow detail is excellent, although a lot of the film is set in bright outdoor areas so it is not evident. When shadow detail is evident, you can see all the things lurking in the shadows that some transfers omit due to poor mastering. There is no low-level noise.
The colour is very well-saturated, never looking anything other than completely realistic. It is vibrant when it needs to be but is also muted for realism. No chroma noise or bleeding was apparent.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. I only found one very minor case of aliasing at 63:12, on a door. Film artefacts are non-existent.
This disc is RSDL formatted, but I was unable to locate the layer change.
There are two audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. There is also an English Audio Commentary track with Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded sound, encoded at an unusually high 320 kilobits per second. I listened to both tracks.
Dialogue volume is the problem with this mix. Due to the music being overly loud, the center dialogue channel is somewhat overshadowed and at times a little incomprehensible. A slight adjustment to your settings should fix this - I personally had to slightly increase the volume level of my center channel to compensate.
Audio sync was perfect at all times.
The musical score by Randy Edelman was very good and suited the film perfectly. As an experiment, I listened to the film with no center channel and realized just how much the music propels the film. The music even described the scene at times; I could tell what was happening with no dialogue.
The surround channels were used consistently but not to any great effect, with the spinning newspaper sequence being the greatest user of the two surround channels. They were also used for music at times. The subwoofer kicked in when needed and was a welcome addition.
|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|