Snake Eyes (1998)

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Released 12-Jul-1999

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1998
Running Time 94:30
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (70:03) Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Brian De Palma
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Nicolas Cage
Gary Sinise
John Heard
Carla Gugino
Stan Shaw
Kevin Dunn
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $34.95 Music Ryuichi Sakamoto


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 English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Snake Eyes is a thriller starring Nicolas Cage as a flamboyant (and corrupt) Atlantic City police officer, Rick Santoro. A heavyweight prize fight is the setting for the assassination of the secretary of the Department of Defence. But who is responsible, and why? There are many suspects, including the chief security officer assigned to protect the politician, Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise), who incidentally is also Rick's best friend.

    This thriller works by flashing us back to the events surrounding the assassination utilizing different points of view as more and more information is revealed. It has its moments, but basically never quite becomes believable, so it fails to develop much more than a modicum of tension.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This transfer is exemplary, and is nearly perfect. It is of reference quality.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was extremely sharp and very clear. There was a lot of rapid camera panning, and subsequent motion blur, but this appeared to be inherent in the print rather than a fault with the transfer. Much of this movie was shot in darkness or in low lighting conditions, and it is fortunate, therefore, that the shadow detail of this transfer was very good, allowing a lot of detail to remain in the picture. There was no low level noise.

    The colours were well presented, even though somewhat on the muted side.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some very minor aliasing, but this really was minor. Potential severe aliasing candidates were spread throughout this movie, and virtually none of them shimmered at all. The ones that did, did so subtly instead of harshly. Film artefacts went unnoticed.

    This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change placed within Chapter 9, at 70:03. It is slightly disruptive, but certainly beats getting up to turn the disc over, as has been the case with so many Buena Vista titles of late.

    There is only one set of subtitles on this disc, English for the Hard of Hearing.

Audio

    There is only a single audio track on this DVD; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue was a little hard to understand at times, especially early on in the movie where it sounded somewhat muffled.

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The musical score was by Ryuichi Sakamoto and was singularly unremarkable.

    The surround channels were used moderately aggressively, especially during the fight, where crowd sounds were placed throughout the entire sound field. Overall, however, this soundtrack was not particularly enveloping.

    The .1 channel was used occasionally to augment the special effects, but was not worked hard by this soundtrack.

Extras

    There are no extras on this disc.

Menu

    The main menu is plain and functional.

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 DVD misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on;

    The Region 4 version of this DVD is the clear winner because of its 16x9 enhancement.

Summary

    Snake Eyes is a somewhat ho hum thriller. I suggest you rent this disc before you purchase it.

    The video quality is exceptional, and is of reference quality. Because it is 16x9 enhanced, it is superior to the Region 1 version of this disc.

    The audio quality is passable without being remarkable.

    The extras are non-existent.

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© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Thursday, July 15, 1999
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe 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 DecoderDenon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
Amplification2 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
SpeakersPhilips 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

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