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Entrapment (1999)

Entrapment (1999)

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Released 23-Aug-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Main Menu Audio & Animation
Theatrical Trailer
Featurette-Making Of-The Making Of "Entrapment"
Music Video-Lost My Faith-Seal
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 108:22
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (61:13) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jon Amiel

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Sean Connery
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Will Patton
Maury Chaykin
Ving Rhames
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $39.95 Music Christopher Young

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles Czech
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    After a valuable painting is stolen from a supposedly theft-proof office in a skyscraper, we find ourselves at Waverly Insurance, where a woman named Gin Baker (Catherine Zeta Jones) is hard at work trying to discover how the painting was stolen. Through brilliant observation and knowing her stuff she is able to piece together how the robber got in. Gin believes that there is only one man that could have carried out such a high-tech robbery - Robert MacDougal (Sean Connery) or Mac as he is referred to for most of the movie. She asks her boss, Hector Cruz (Will Patton), to let her go undercover as a fellow robber to catch Mac.

    Reluctantly Hector agrees and the sting operation is put into action. Gin starts following Mac, and the cat and mouse game soon begins between them. To say much more will start to spoil some of the small surprises that are in the movie, so I'll leave it at that.

    I personally found this movie to be extremely entertaining and fun to watch. Sure it's no Dances with Wolves or Shawshank Redemption, but it's a great entertaining piece if you don't take it too seriously and just sit back and enjoy the ride - and the acting. Oh, if you are afraid of heights - watch out, as there are some doozies of skyscraper scenes. Also, it is worth noting some movie trivia, if we can believe the PR machine - apparently most of the gadgets seen in this movie actually exist!

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Transfer Quality


    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.32:1, and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture is extremely clear and sharp at all times, with plenty of detail in both the foreground and background. The shadow detail is excellent in the scenes that are meant to have shadow detail. The opening skyscraper scene is quite dark, which was a deliberate cinematic choice rather than a transfer problem. No low-level noise, edge bleeding or excessive edge enhancement was noticed.

    The colours were vibrant and deeply saturated, with excellent skin tones - basically perfect.

    Pixelization and grain was basically non-existent on my 250cm screen, with only the tiniest amount being seen in the sky around the 0:56 minute mark, but it is pretty trivial, so I wouldn't worry about it.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Moiré effects and aliasing occur occasionally, but these instances are always mild and extremely well-controlled. I did not find any of these occurrences overly distracting. Examples can be found at 3:30, 10:41 - 10:46, 16:48 (moiré), 20:40, 30:42, 57:17 (moiré), 67:07, 85:30 and 91:56 - 92:06. Given the nature of the subject material, I feel that aliasing could have been a much more serious problem for this transfer than it was.

    There are a reasonable number of small film artefacts scattered throughout the movie, but because of their size I did not find them distracting.

    This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change occurring mid scene at 61:13. It is very noticeable, but surprisingly it is not overly disruptive to flow of the movie. So, the layer change is acceptable, but its placement could have been a little better.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There is only one audio track on this DVD which is an English 384Kb/s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. As this disc only has one soundtrack, I feel it should have had a 448Kb/s bitstream.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout the movie. There are two occasions where the dialogue sounds distorted; 5:30 - 5:46 and 99:39. These occurrences are far from being severe, but they are certainly noticeable. This distortion was also present in my VHS version of this movie, so it is not a transfer problem. There is also one noticeable instance of poorly integrated dubbed dialogue at 19:15, where the tonal properties of Catherine Zeta Jones' voice change dramatically from one sentence to the next.

    Audio sync was not a problem at all with this transfer, and was completely spot on, with only one occurrence of dialogue replacement being noticed at 68:18, but is inconsequential.

    Christopher Young's music score is lively and enhances the on-screen action in many scenes.

    The surround channels were used frequently for music and ambience, with many subtle and sometimes not so subtle special effects making their way into the surrounds. There are two great examples of split rear channels use which occur at 48:00 - 48:25 (clock striking in left channel) and 53:58. Right from the very opening scene, you are enclosed in a good sound envelope.

    The subwoofer is almost continually being used to subtly add bass to most scenes, and is highly active during some of the most dramatic sequences, adding extra kick to these scenes. The opening skyscraper scene is a good example.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    The extras are limited, but there is nonetheless a reasonable selection of them.


    The menus are not 16x9 enhanced. The main menu has a video clip of Catherine Zeta-Jones dodging those laser beams, with accompanying Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio. Some additional animation also occurs when changing between menus. The menu selections are; Play Movie, Scene Selection (24), Languages Selection and Special Features.

Theatrical Trailer (2:16 minutes)

    The theatrical trailer is of very good quality, with no video or audio problems, and is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, non-16x9 enhanced, and with a 192Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

Featurette - Making of "Entrapment" (13:51 minutes)

    Spoiler Warning: If you have not seen this movie before, do not watch this first as I feel it gives away a little too much of the plot.

    The picture quality is excellent, but isn't quite as sharp as the movie itself. The Making of "Entrapment"  is basically an extended promotional piece for the movie, with some behind-the-scenes details, presented in varying aspect ratios.

Music Video Clip – Seal  "Lost My Faith" (4:10 minutes)

    This video clip is of excellent quality, and is presented in an unusual non-16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.96:1, with a 192Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

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 Standard version of this disc misses out on;     There is also a Region 1 Special Edition, which features the following extras;     R4 vs R1 Standard Edition: The R4 version is an easy choice, due to it having better extras.

    R4 vs R1 Special Edition: The R1 Special Edition would be the best version of this disc as long as you can stand the reduced picture resolution and the inevitable 3:2 pull-down artefacts that are associated with the NTSC format.


    An entertaining and fun to movie to watch, presented on a excellent DVD.

    The picture quality is very good, with no real problems.

    The soundtrack is of excellent quality.

    The extras are limited, but what is present is of very good quality.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Paul Williams (read Paul's biography)
Saturday, September 09, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-725, using Component output
DisplaySony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-SV919THX
SpeakersFronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)

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