Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1994|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Richard Donner|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Lots of adventures and misadventures accompany our heroes' travels across the country, as do many snappy one-liners, making this movie a rollicking good experience that continually moves on at a cracking pace. A number of surprising twists and excellent stunts also help the movie along on its way. See if you can guess who is conning whom by the end of the movie! I certainly got it wrong.
All three actors do a sterling job on the comedic aspects of this movie - you cannot help but like Bret Maverick, who seems able to con his way out of any sticky situation he finds himself in, and you will be well satisfied with the end result of the movie, which is certainly not what you will expect.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was sharp as a tack and crystal clear. Shadow detail was excellent, and no low level noise was seen.
The colours were vibrantly rendered and clear with no evidence of bleeding at all.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts were not a problem with this transfer, except for some trivial aliasing on the outside of the Bank building. One very short long shot showed a small amount of wobble, but the image was otherwise rock steady. Film artefacts were few and far between, especially given the vintage of this movie.
Dialogue was always clear and easy to understand.
There were no problems with audio sync during this movie.
The music by Randy Newman varied between exciting and laid-back, and was aptly suited to this style of movie. I personally find Randy Newman has a very distinctive musical style which does not always suit the movie he is scoring, but in this case, the music fit the movie nicely.
The surround channel was often active, used for music, ambience and a number of special effects. Split surround effects, of course, were non-existent, but nonetheless, an aggressive and enveloping sound presence was created by this soundtrack.
The .1 channel was not specifically encoded, but my surround sound processor sent plenty of signal from the music and the special effects into the subwoofer, and it enhanced the effect of the movie nicely.
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 DVD misses out on;
Additional Pan & Scan transfer
The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on;
There is no compelling reason to prefer one version over the other.
The video quality is essentially flawless.
The audio quality is very good indeed for a matrix mix, and just falls short of the best discrete soundtracks.
The extras are quite limited, but quite interesting.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|