The Replacements (2000)
Listing-Cast & Crew
Audio Commentary-Howard Deutch (Director)
Featurette-Making The Plays: An Actor's Guide To Football
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (52:48)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Howard Deutch|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
In 1987 many players of the American NFL (National Football League) went on strike, demanding more money. This movie is based around that pivotal event, although the actual events portrayed in the movie are fictional.
The owner of the Washington Sentinels puts their new coach, Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman), in charge of finding him a replacement team. Jimmy McGinty takes an unorthodox approach to picking his new team.
The key replacement players he recruits are; Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a star quarterback who retired after having a disastrous game where his team lost 45-zip; Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones), the fastest receiver there ever was, but who has difficulty catching a ball; Nigel Gruff (Rhys Ifans), the kicker, who is "wirey"; and Bateman (Jon Favreau), an ex-cop linebacker who seems just a little crazy but really just needs an outlet for his anger. Of course, there are other recruits, but I'll let you learn about them for yourself.
The other important person in this movie is the principal cheerleader, Annabelle (Brooke Langton), who of course is the love interest in this movie, but she brings more to the screen and the story than just this.
The Replacements has a great soundtrack and the movie is worth watching just for it alone.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness is magnificent, as is the detail. I was stunned on more than one occasion. One such example is where you can clearly see hundreds of individual blades of grass on the playing field! Shadow detail is perfect and no low-level noise, edge enhancement or edge bleeding or was noticed. During a pan shot at 20:13 - 20:27, the picture becomes decidedly blurry, but this is not a transfer-induced problem, as this blurriness was also present theatrically. In fact, it was actually more distracting at the cinema than on the DVD.
The colour was exemplary; beautifully saturated, rich and vibrant.
If you get your magnifying glasses out, and take a really close look at the background at 0:56 - 1:05 and 2:40 you will be able to see some minuscule grain, but really this is getting extremely picky.
No MPEG artefacts were noticed and not one instance of aliasing was seen either, which is a magnificent accomplishment, as the detail and picture content could have made this one a shocker. Not even the scenes that contained row upon row of stadium seating could make the picture alias and with only one totally inconsequential moiré artefact at 55:55, this DVD is as close to perfect as any DVD can be in this department.
The only area that denies this DVD from receiving a reference quality rating is film artefacts. Don't get me wrong - this area is still extremely good. I counted thirty tiny-to-small artefacts for the entire film. The three most noticeable of these (which are still small) are located at 16:16, 55:18 and 81:42.
This disc is an RSDL disc with the layer change occurring between Chapters 19 and 20 at 52:48, on a scene change. You will need a reasonably keen eye to spot this one, as its placement is excellent. What gives its position away is the short pause before the sound starts again. This is a very well-placed layer change that does not disrupt the flow of the movie.
There are four audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s), Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s), Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s), and an English Audio Commentary track which has a 192Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack. I listened to the audio commentary and the English soundtrack.
The dialogue was very clear and easy to understand, with only one or two lines being just a little harder to make out. There were also a couple of instances where Gene Hackman's dialogue sounded ever-so-slightly distorted, such as at 31:52 and 92:18, but I do not believe this is a transfer-induced fault.
No audio sync problems were noticed with this transfer.
John Debney's music score is great and it really lifts the movie.
Surround channel use is fantastic. There is a lot of music in this movie and the surround channels are heavily utilized to support the music. There are also subtle sound effects and ambient noises. Put these things together and you have one hell of an enveloping soundtrack. Placement across the front soundstage was good, but I have heard better. Surround sound highlights...where to start? I could easily say "the whole movie", but I guess the best sequences in this great soundtrack would be at 17:53 - 18:07, 40:00 - 40:30 and 87:50 - 92:40.
The Replacements soundtrack doesn't have the pounding, window-and-floor-shaking bass of The Haunting, but the subwoofer is used extremely well in this movie. It is continually being used to add bass to most scenes (via the music) and is very active during some of the more action-oriented sequences. Highlights are at 11:39, 45:40 - 46:05, 61:30 and 100:20.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video quality is superb and only just misses out on receiving a reference quality rating.
The audio quality is excellent, with only a few trivial faults denying it reference quality status.
There is a pretty reasonable selection of extras present.
|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). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|