Mojave Moon (1996)
|Category||Romantic Comedy||Theatrical Trailer|
|Year Of Production||1996|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Kevin Dowling|
New Moon Productions
Beyond Home Entertainment
Gary Lee Davis
Craig Stuart Garfinkle
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Mojave Moon has got similarities with a whole load of different films; After Hours, Pulp Fiction, and Holy Smoke to name a few. Director Kevin Dowling is better known for TV series such as Gilmore Girls and Judging Amy and the film sits as good, TV evening entertainment. It's not a compelling plot, but its classy actors all seem to have fun and deliver the goods - Angelina Jolie is a little type cast as the bad girl with a penchant for the older man and we get a fair exposure of her, including a few bare-breasted shower peeks - the Billy Bob tattoo was yet to be created at the time of filming! I enjoyed the movie and might even watch it again - the whole movie, that is, not just the wet bits!
The aspect ratio of this transfer 1.33:1, non 16x9 enhanced, which suggests it's a direct port from the video master.
Sharpness varies between the night time shots which are a little soft and the day time footage which is reasonably sharp - for a single layered disc transfer it's quite reasonable. Low level detail is good, which is needed for many of the shots are at night and there was no low level noise of note.
Colours were adequately saturated with no chroma noise or bleed noted.
The opening credits show Gibb effect and there is quite marked pixelization in the opening scenes which settles to an acceptable level for the rest of the movie. Aliasing pops up now and again in the usual places such as the radiator grille at 14:53. There's a few film flecks, white and black but not enough to be intrusive and mostly the film stock was pretty clean.
There were no subtitles and as the disc was single layered there was no layer transition point.
There is just the one Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track present on this DVD, again probably a port from the video master.
The dialogue was clear at all times and even with the American accents we didn't need subtitles. There were no discernible problems with audio sync.
Music was credited to Johnny Carson, again mostly associated with TV productions, but it is a lively and enjoyable music score with a few soundtrack items from bands such as Watsonville Patio - no I hadn't heard of them either!
There was no surround nor subwoofer activity.
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The video was slightly better than average for this budget class of transfer but way below blockbuster standard.
The audio was adequate for the occasion and would probably be ideal for your processor's DSP modes.
There is just the one extra, namely the trailer, essential as a teaser for this kind of movie.
|DVD||Panasonic DMR-E20, using RGB output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T50W1 (127cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Yamaha RX-V995. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||B&W 602 front/rear. B&W LRC6 Centre / Solid (AKA B&W) 500 SW|