Look Who's Talking (1989)
|Category||Comedy||Biographies-Cast & Crew|
|Year Of Production||1989|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Amy Heckerling|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (256Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Smoking||Yes, very briefly|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
Bruce Willis is perfectly cast as the adult, only slightly cynical voice of Mikey, the baby. He really is restrained in this movie by comparison with his normal smart-alec, wise-cracking roles, and he carries the movie along nicely.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced. This differs only slightly from the theatrical aspect ratio, and as expected I noticed no problems as a result of this.
The movie is now ten years old, and the image is definitely on the soft side. Comparing it with contemporary transfers shows it to have a little less detail, though it does have a very film-like appearance as a result of anamorphic enhancement. Shadow detail was surprisingly good, and there was a lack of low-level noise. Film grain was very slight but was apparent, giving the movie a slightly dated look.
Colours were quite nicely rendered, being well balanced if only ever-so-slightly undersaturated as evidenced by pale skin tones. There was a slight improvement from the beginning of the picture to about 20 minutes in, where the colour saturation improved somewhat.
There were no significant MPEG artefacts. There were no film-to-video artefacts to speak of - very little in the way of aliasing. Film artefacts on the other hand were rife for the first ten or so minutes, which usually happens with poorly preserved film reels, but settled down afterwards. These artefacts consisted of scratches to the print, marks, dust etc.
Dialogue was at all times very clear and easy to understand; the soundtrack was excellent in this regard.
There were no problems with audio sync during the movie.
The audio score was unremarkable, and was really only fill in between some classic pop songs of the (late) eighties and earlier, which were great! There is some good music on this disc, and it is always nice to revisit some forgotten songs and think "wow, is that song really that old!" The music is fairly well recorded, with the only main complaint being a distinct lack of stereo separation. Whilst foley and ambience effects are well placed, the music has a very centred feel, which of course is not helped by it not being 5.1; 2.0 surround does tend to reduce stereo separation.
Surround presence is quite effective at times, especially when outdoors. Whilst it is not by any means aggressive, it does fill the room nicely when called upon and creates a real sense of presence to certain scenes.
The subwoofer was used sparingly with the music, but that was about all.
Filmographies - Cast & Crew
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is acceptable, though not great.
The audio is ordinary.
No extras really.
|DVD||Panasonic A-350A, using S-Video output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T43W1 16:9 RPTV. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-525 5x100 watts Dolby Pro-Logic / 5.1 Ready Receiver; 4 x Optimus 10-band Graphic EQ|
|Speakers||Sony SS-CN35 100-watt (centre) , Pioneer CS-R390-K 150-watt floorstanders x 4 ( main & surrounds), Optimus 100-watt passive subwoofer|