The Sure Thing (1985)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Anim & Audio
|Year Of Production||1985|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Rob Reiner|
Universal Pictures Home Video
Lisa Jane Persky
Robert Anthony Marcucci
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English 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||No|
I chose to review this disc for two reasons. One, it starred John Cusack, one of my favourite actors, and two, it was directed by Rob Reiner, Marty DiBergi from This is Spinal Tap.
The Sure Thing is a light teen romantic comedy from 1985, made during John Cusack's phase as a teen star before he started doing adult roles in films like The Grifters. He plays Walter 'Gib' Gibson, a young guy who has just finished high school and is about to start college. He decides to accept the offer of a college in New England but his best friend, Lance (played by a young and hirsute Anthony Edwards, of ER fame) decides to go to California. Once Gib gets to college he meets Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga) and tries to get her attention. He only succeeds in annoying her. As the Christmas break is coming up, Lance invites Gib to come to California and promises that he has set him up with 'The Sure Thing', a beautiful girl who will definitely have sex with him. Unbeknownst to him, Alison is also planning to go to California to visit her boyfriend, Jason. As neither of them can afford to fly they both independently arrange to share a car with two other people. One of the people is Gary Cooper ('not the dead one') played by a young Tim Robbins in one of his earliest film roles. Through a fairly amusing series of events, Gib and Alison are left together by the side of the road to make their own way to California. Despite their differences, romance ensues.
This is a fun and reasonably entertaining teen comedy without any gross-out jokes. There is some good interaction between the leads and they are both quite believable in their roles. John Cusack shows his personality and acting ability in his first leading role. It has a good-natured feel and leaves you smiling. Despite these pluses, however, it is not overly memorable and I can't see that it would have lots of replay value.
The video quality is very good for a film of this age.
The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was generally clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise, however there was some softness from time to time. Shadow detail was fine but not spectacular with night scenes showing some details.
The colour was good throughout with all colours being reasonably well saturated and free from colour bleeding. The skin colouring was a little pale.
There were a few black & white specks, especially during the credits, but these were quite minor. Another white speck showed up at 35:00. There was also some minor edge enhancement.
There are subtitles in Dutch only so I cannot comment on their accuracy.
The audio quality is fine, but very front and centre focussed.
This DVD contains only one audio option: an English Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there were no problems with audio sync.
The score of this film by Tom Scott is quite sparse but when it gets involved it sounds pretty good. There are also a number of quite cheesy 1980s songs including Penny Lover by Lionel Richie.
The surround speakers were not used at all.
The subwoofer was used occasionally for music.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included a scene selection function and the ability to turn on the Dutch subtitles but precious little else.
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 disc (when compared to the Region 1 Special Edition) misses out on;
The Region 1 special edition version of this disc misses out on;
Fairly obviously, the Region 1 Special Edition is the best version available, however, if you are only after the movie itself there is nothing wrong with the local budget priced release.
The video quality is very good considering the age of the film.
The audio quality is reasonable.
The disc has no extras.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|