The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

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Released 17-Oct-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Menu Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-Rain
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
Audio Commentary-Jonathan Lynn (Director)
Theatrical Trailer
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 94:45
RSDL / Flipper RSDL Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jonathan Lynn
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Bruce Willis
Matthew Perry
Rosanna Arquette
Michael Clarke Duncan
Natasha Henstridge
Amanda Peet
Kevin Pollak
Case Village Roadshow New Style
RPI $34.95 Music Randy Edelman


Video Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
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.

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Plot Synopsis

    Although a lot of Bruce Willis' more recent work (excluding The Sixth Sense) has been rather poor; I am still drawn to his films. Even when Die Hard is on TV for the twentieth time, I will still sit down and watch it. The Whole Nine Yards was a film that I wanted to see at the cinemas, but didn't due to a lack of motivation on my part and due to my inability to cajole someone else into coming along to see it with me.

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is absolutely amazing and is of reference quality.

    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.

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

Audio

    The audio mix is a step down from the video transfer due to a problem with the mix, but a comedy isn't the type of film for a killer mix no matter how you look at it.

    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.

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

Extras

    The extras are very limited in quantity but very good in quality. They are all 16x9 enhanced, which is very nice for widescreen TV owners.

Menu

    The menu is a static picture with the main theme playing in the background. Some cool transitions are evident here where a clip from the movie plays as you switch to a different section of the DVD. It has Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded audio.

Dolby Digital Trailer - Rain

    This is the first time I have seen this Dolby Digital trailer, and I was not very impressed. It is very loud and doesn't use all that many directional effects, such as Dolby Digital City does.

Audio Commentary - Jonathan Lynn (Director)

    This screen-specific commentary is not the best that I have heard, but it is definitely listenable and interesting. Lynn describes some of the problems that occurred when making the film, such as filming on the hottest Montreal day in twenty years. He also elaborates on the storyline and fleshes out the characters a bit more for you. Lynn tries to cover up some product placement in the film but mysteriously goes quiet when Pepsi is on-screen. He also explains the fly obsession motif in the film. One problem with this commentary track is the rather large gaps he leaves in several spots.

Theatrical Trailer

    Presented in 1.78:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, it is of average quality being very soft and a little grainy. Some low-level and chroma noise is exhibited.

Cast & Crew Interviews

    There are five interviews in total:     The video quality varies between each interview with the Michael Clarke Duncan interview having the best quality. Presented in 1.78:1.

Biographies-Cast & Crew

    Very detailed biographies on all the main stars plus the director, quite the biography of choice for anyone researching Bruce Willis et al.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 4 version would be the region of choice, but only slightly.

Summary

    The Whole Nine Yards is an entertaining and funny film presented on a very good DVD. The video is of reference quality, and is a disc to show off to your friends. The audio is acceptable and good at times but problematic at other times. The extras are interesting - more would have been welcome. If you are a Bruce Willis fan or a fan of anyone else in the film, check it out. If not, take a look at it anyway.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Andrew Siers (I never did my biography in primary school)
Wednesday, October 25, 2000
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