Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Menu Animation & Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-Splash
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Audio Commentary-Renny Harlin (Director) & Samuel L Jackson (Actor)
Featurette-When Sharks Attack
Featurette-The Sharks Of The Deep Blue Sea
Deleted Scenes-with or without commentary
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (53:13)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Renny Harlin|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
LL Cool J
Samuel L. Jackson
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Next we meet the rest of the ill-fated crew; shark wrangler Carter Blake (Thomas Jane), scientist Tom Scoggins (Michael Rapaport), his assistant Janice Higgins (Jacqueline McKenzie), engineer Jim Whitelock (Stellan Skarsgard), and chef Preacher (LL Cool J).
After successfully reactivating some human brain tissue that was affected by Alzheimer’s disease, things go disastrously wrong and get progressively worse through the film for our characters as the sharks fight back and start picking them off one by one. We learn that the experimentation on the sharks has increased their brain sizes to a point where they have developed the capacity to think and reason. This is not a great development for the human race, as sharks have no natural predators and are the kings of the sea world.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness, shadow detail and colour are all perfect.
No low level noise or excessive edge enhancement was noticed.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. There were only a couple of occurrences of aliasing, and these were extremely minimal and not distracting at all. Village should be congratulated on this point, as a lot of scenes could have been prone to aliasing. Film artefacts were very rare, with just a handful of tiny white specks noticed.
There is only one subtitle track available on this disc, English For The Hearing Impaired, which struck me as a bit unusual, but is not a criticism.
This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change occurring at 53:13 in Chapter 17 at a scene change. There is a definite pause but overall it is not too disruptive to the flow of the movie, thus it is a pretty good layer change.
There are only two audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/second, and an English Audio Commentary track, Dolby Digital 2.0, 192 Kb/second, surround-encoded. I listened to both of these tracks.
The dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout the movie, with only one minor exception.
Audio sync was not a problem with this transfer. There was one scene where it almost got out of sync, but this could have been an ADR problem.
The musical score was by Trevor Rabin, which I personally felt did not add enough tension to the shark attack sequences. The movie would have really benefited by having a much more dramatic theme music score, something that would create tension and fear like the famous Jaws theme.
The surround channels were very aggressively used for ambience, music and lots of special effects. Directional effects and precise sound placement within the sound field were the norm rather than the exception, putting you right in the midst of the action at all times, and not just during the action sequences. Excuse me while I just check for any sharks still lurking under my seat.
The subwoofer was highly active during the action sequences, and placed an excellent bottom end on these sequences.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video transfer of this movie is superb, and is of reference quality.
This is a magnificent audio transfer, and is also of reference quality.
There is a great selection of extras present on this disc.
|DVD||Sony DVP-725, using Component output|
|Display||Sony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|