Mortal Thoughts (1991)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1991|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Alan Rudolph|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, throughout credits|
Our first shot of Cynthia all grown-up is in semi-slow motion, walking into a police station. She is there to give her account of the events leading up to Joyce's husband's (Bruce Willis') disappearance. The movie is made up of Cynthia's flashbacks as she answers Detective John Woods' (Harvey Keitel's) questions.
Bruce Willis's performance as Joyce's abusive, violent (and dead) husband is brilliant. Totally unlikeable, but brilliant.
The picture sharpness and detail is excellent.
The colour is also excellent. It is well-saturated with natural looking skin tones. Having said that, the interior of the police station is quite drab and muted colour-wise, so it is a while before you get to see any deeply-saturated colours. No low-level noise, edge-enhancement or colour bleeding was seen.
Shadow detail is well, it's excellent, too. I'm really starting to get sick of that word, so let me see if I can find something bad to say about this transfer. Hmmm...rummage, rummage...scratch...rummage, rummage, ah ha! Nope that's not it, toss, scratch, scratch...rummage. OK, now I've got it! There are a couple of minor instances of background grain. The most note-worthy of these occur at 62:23 and 76:40.
Film artefacts are very rare. In fact, I only saw two, one at 3:57 and the other at 80:53. I'm sure there would have to be at least one or two more in there somewhere, but I did not see them.
Some home movie-like footage is used at the start and the end of this film, which shows Cynthia and Joyce playing together through their childhood years. This is washed-out and flat, with scratches and film artefacts galore, but these are, of course, all deliberate.
No MPEG artefacts or instances of aliasing were noted. The latter of these two points is impressive, particularly when considering the sharpness and detail of this transfer.
I comfortably listened to the soundtrack 3db louder than I normally do.
The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times, and no audio sync problems were noticed.
Mark Isham's music supports the movie well.
For almost the entire movie the surround channels are wonderfully filled with music and effects. Unfortunately, for an equally large portion of the movie the front soundstage is heavily centred, which makes it sound narrow and quasi-mono. If it wasn't for this narrow front soundstage, this would have been one of the best, if not the best, Dolby Stereo SR (Dolby Surround) soundtracks that I have ever heard. Some of the more expansive and enveloping audio sequences can be found at 30:30, 33:30, 44:20 and 79:04. Because this is largely a dialogue-driven movie, I believe that the audio transfer is accurate to the original sound mix and the aforementioned limitation can be attributed to the original sound mix itself rather than to a poor audio transfer.
The subwoofer gets used frequently to add a little extra punch to the soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The sound is clear and clean, with excellent surround channel use, but it is let down by a mono-sounding front soundstage.
The extras are limited.
|DVD||Sony DVP-725, using Component output|
|Display||Sony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|