|Year Of Production||1988|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
D.O.A. is an engaging thriller from 1988. The film's story is a classic murder mystery set-up with a fabulous twist. English professor Dexter Cornell suddenly finds himself suspected of murdering his estranged wife and best student. Making matters worse, he discovers that someone has poisoned him, leaving him only 48 hours to live. A fugitive from the police, not only does Dexter have to solve a double homicide to clear his name, but his own impending murder, and time is running out.
Dennis Quaid, as Professor Dexter Cornell, provides a wonderful performance and elevates the film from being adequate to very good. Quaid has often shown that he is an extremely talented actor and D.O.A. is proof positive of the man's class. The supporting cast, lead by Meg Ryan and Daniel Stern, give professionally solid performances, but it is Quaid who steals the show. Directors Rocky Morton and Annabelle Jankel give D.O.A. an impressive film noir feel akin to the great Hitchcock thrillers of the late 1940's, particularly the opening and closing sequences which are shot in stark black and white. Screenwriter Charles Edward Pogue is to be commended for giving the story a cracking pace which only increases the urgency of Quaid's plight.
D.O.A. is a very enjoyable thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
D.O.A. is presented in the film's original aspect ratio of 1:85:1 but is not 16x9 enhanced.
Sharpness levels are strong with no aliasing issues or tacky halo effects and shadow detail is excellent. There are no problems with either grain or low level noise interference.
Colours are rich and vibrant. The film has a striking colour mix that includes black & white photography that is very pleasing to watch.
As the film is 15 years old, there are film artefacts present but they are so minor as to be barely noticeable.
This is a very good looking print with the only downfall being the lack of anamorphic formatting.
There are two Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks present on this disc. The tracks are in English and Spanish. The English one is reviewed here.
Dialogue is very clear with no dropouts or audio sync problems.
The music is very 1980's in nature but supports the film well.
Surround channel usage is minimal, but when they are used, they are used effectively. There are some well rendered directional effects at the 55 minute mark during an action sequence involving a nail gun. The rear speakers are used liberally during this scene, but the majority of the film is dialogue intensive so a bombastic 5.1 mix is not needed.
Subwoofer support is adequate, but the soundtrack could have used a deeper tonal range.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Both the R1 and R4 versions are identical.
D.O.A. is a well produced, well acted film noir thriller. The disc presentation is better than average, despite a lack of anamorphic enhancement. There are no extras which is disappointing, as a nice audio commentary would have gone down a treat, but at least the film is finally available in our beloved DVD format.
|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.|