Main Menu Audio
Audio Commentary-Barbra Streisand
|Year Of Production||1987|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (53:18)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||Martin Ritt|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|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|
Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) is a high class call girl who is arrested for manslaughter in her apartment. She is diagnosed by two psychiatrists as mentally incompetent to stand trial. After attacking her lawyer at the hearing, she is assigned counsel from legal aid. Enter Aaron Levinsky (Richard Dreyfuss), a lawyer who admits himself that he is far from good. However, he believes his client is fit to undergo a competency hearing and challenges the decisions of the psychiatrists.
Nuts is an early attempt at the courtroom drama, done long before movies like Class Action and A Few Good Men made the genre popular and shows like The Practice took it to an all-new level. It is a fairly understated piece, and works all the better for it, with only one or two grandiose monologues which are out of place and highlight the stage origins of the movie.
Fans of Barbra Streisand are in for a treat here as she puts in a very good acting effort, a far cry from her comedic pieces, and more convincing than her effort as the psychiatrist in Prince Of Tides. Dreyfuss is also a pleasure to watch, although he too gets to overact in a couple of scenes where it is totally unnecessary.
Overall, Nuts holds up reasonably well nearly twenty years on. It is far from perfect, betraying its stage origins once too often, and indulging in a few too many overdramatic pieces which just do not work in the grander scheme of things. But as a movie which explores the oft-times thin line between crazy angry and crazy insane, it is well worth a viewing.
Presented in 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, this is only a minor alteration from the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
While reasonably well defined, the picture is a little too soft and a little too grainy, a combination which does not do wonderful things for a transfer. Most annoyingly, there is some quite noticeable posterization on facial close-ups, particularly in shadowy light.
Colours were also a little too tan or brown, with skin colour and wood panelling sometimes becoming a little mixed up.
As far as other glaring MPEG and film-to-video artefacts go, there is some alternating moire and aliasing on the blinds in the courtroom when in the far background, but otherwise the picture was pretty good.
There was a bit of dirt on the print, but nothing really noteworthy.
Subtitles are available in English, English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Arabic, and Dutch. They are white with a black border.
The dual layer pause is at 53:18 during a pause in dialogue and is not really distracting.
There are two soundtracks available – English and French, both in 2.0 Dolby Surround. The French track was reasonably good, being only a little thinner than the English track.
Regarding the English track, dialogue was no problem, always being clear and easy to hear, and without any overt audio sync problems.
There is a decent range to the musical score by the leading lady herself, and the voices of the actors traverse from loud court room arguments to soft drugged-up banter with good clarity.
There is a decent amount of directional cuing from across the front-driven soundfield, but nothing much from the rears in the way of surround presence. They really only chip in to add to the score.
There is no subwoofer use.
|Surround Channel Use|
All menus are in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and 16x9 enhanced. The main menu has the theme from the film playing in 2.0 Dolby Stereo.
Presented in 2.0 Dolby Stereo, the audio commentary track is okay, but with long gaps of silence. Streisand also has a tendency to explain what is going on on the screen as if talking to a small child, which is a tad condescending and irritating.
Presented in 1.78:1, 2.0 Dolby Stereo, the quality of this trailer isn’t too bad, and it has a surprisingly good soundfield.
A set of stills from the making of the movie, inset in a 1.78:1 border.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
As far as I can tell, the R1 version is largely identical barring the NTSC/PAL format difference and the region coding.
Nuts is a decent court room drama, a precursor to the court room drama staples that have so influenced Hollywood and TV production, and worthy of a viewing.
The video is a little soft and a little grainy, and the colour is slightly off.
The sound is good for a 2.0 Dolby Surround mix.
The extras were okay.
|DVD||Panasonic DVD-RV31A-S, using S-Video output|
|Display||Beko 28" (16x9). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver.|
|Speakers||Energy - Front, Rear, Centre & Subwoofer|