Jet Lag (2002)

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Released 2-Sep-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romance None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 81:57
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Danièle Thompson
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Juliette Binoche
Jean Reno
Sergi López
Scali Delpeyrat
Karine Belly
Raoul Billerey
Nadège Beausson-Diagne
Alice Taglioni
Jérôme Keen
Sébastien Lalanne
Michel Lepriol
M'bembo
Laurence Colussi
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music Eric Serra


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, including recipes!

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Plot Synopsis

    Wow! I thought to myself, two of my favourite French actors (one of whom is extremely attractive) in a romantic comedy - this should be magnifique. Well, having now watched this film, a few clarifications are in order: this is not a romantic comedy, it is a romance and whilst it is not magnifique, it leaves you with a smile on your face.

    Jet Lag is the story of two lost souls who do not know where their lives are going, meeting in an airport due to weather issues causing their planes to be delayed. This gives them time to spend together and to realise their own shortfalls and to admit to themselves and the other person their true feelings and desires. The two players are Felix (Jean Reno), a man who used to be a famous chef but who now runs a frozen food company and Rose (Juliette Binoche), who is a beautician married to an ape and is attempting to run away from him.

    Their initial meeting and early interaction is quite contrived and the film really does not get underway properly until they are together in a hotel room, about 30 minutes into proceedings. Persist with this movie until that point and you will be rewarded by some excellent interplay between the two stars as they strip away each other's defences and get to know one other. From this point on the film is really very good and finishes with a happy ending, but not in the over-the-top Hollywood way.

    If you are a fan of the stars (like me) or like a good romance then this film is definitely worth checking out.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality of this transfer is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is very close to the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was excellent with darkened scenes showing clear details.

    The colour was very good throughout with all colours being well saturated and free from colour bleeding. Skin colouration was very natural.

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English and English for the Hearing Impaired. I watched the entire movie with the English subtitles turned on as this movie was originally presented in French.

    This is a single layered disc so there is no layer change to contend with.
    

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality is very good with some scenes (surprisingly for a dialogue-driven film) making extensive usage of the surround speakers.

    This DVD contains two audio options: a French Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s (which is the original language) and an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s. I sampled the English soundtrack and found it to be a quite good quality dub. It is good that this foreign film gives you the choice of the original language or a dubbed version - many do not.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand (based on my wife's smattering of French).    

    There were no problems with audio sync.    

    The score of this film by Eric Serra does not play a big part in the film as many scenes occur without music.

    The surround speakers were used quite often to add to the sound, especially during the airport scenes.

    The subwoofer was used occasionally.

    

Audio Ratings Summary
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Subwoofer
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Extras

    As far as extras go, the answer was a very Gallic 'Non!'.

Menu

    The menu included a scene selection function but precious little else.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This movie is available on a very similar disc in Region 1 so with the PAL/NTSC differences I would go for the Region 4.

Summary

    This is an average French romance starring two great French actors in Jean Reno & Juliette Binoche. Recommended for fans of the stars.

    The video quality is excellent.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The disc has no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using Component output
DisplaySony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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