Amnesia (2004)

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Released 5-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Main Menu Audio
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 146:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Nicholas Laughland
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring John Hannah
Jemma Redgrave
Anthony Calf
Patrick Malahide
Brendan Coyle
Jeremy Child
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music John Lunn


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I had lots of reasons for choosing to review this disc. Firstly, it stars an excellent British actor, John Hannah, probably best known to international audiences for his supporting role in the Mummy films with Brendan Fraser. He also has a long history of fine performances in British Television dramas including series such as Rebus & McCallum. Secondly, I tend to enjoy British television dramas especially at the grittier end of the spectrum such as Wire In The Blood, Prime Suspect or Cracker. Thirdly, it just sounded intriguing, and it certainly is.

    Amnesia is based around Det Sgt Mack Stone (John Hannah) whose wife, Lucia, disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. He seems to be incapable of remembering the details of her disappearance and when she does not show up within two months, people begin to fear the worst. After two months of leave, he returns to the force and immediately begins investigating a man who disappeared some years earlier, called Paul West. He thinks there may be a link between West and an amnesiac, John Dean (Anthony Calf). He convinces his partner, Det Cons Ian Reid (Brendan Coyle) to ask permission from their boss, Det Inspector Brennan (Patrick Malahide) for them to investigate. Due to Stone's emotional state he quickly annoys Dean and his wife Jenna (Jemma Redgrave) and they complain to his superiors. All is not as it seems, and the story quickly begins to twist and turn, causing the viewer to first suspect one character and then another.

    This show was originally presented on English television early in 2004, and quite recently here on the ABC. It is a two part mini series and is presented in the same fashion on this disc, including the 'Next week on' section at the end of episode one and the 'Previously on' section at the beginning of episode two. I thought it was a bit slack to leave these on the DVD as they are unnecessary.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this show - the acting was very good, the story well written and the show was absorbing despite its 2.5 hour run time. It seemed to slip by very quickly and never dragged. All of the people involved are very experienced British television drama cast and crew and obviously know what they are doing. There is an excellent twist at the end, in addition to the ones through the show.

    Any fan of shows like Prime Suspect, McCallum, Rebus or British police dramas in general would enjoy this. Recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is very good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was very good. From a picture quality perspective, this is obviously a television production and does not approach the clarity of a well transferred major motion picture.

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

    The only noticeable artefacts were an occasional black speck.

    There are no subtitles which is a shame.

    The disc is dual layered but the layer change must be between the episodes.
    

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Audio

    The audio quality is very good but only stereo.

    This DVD contains one audio option, a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack encoded at 224 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand, however, needed to be turned up approximately 5dB above my reference level.

    John Lunn's score is very good as is usual with these quality British productions. It adds tension to the programme and generally enhances the viewing experience.

    The surround speakers and subwoofer are not used.

    

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Extras

Menu

    The menu allowed for scene selection but included nothing else besides the two episodes.

R4 vs R1

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

    This disc is not currently available in any other region, so Region 4 must be the best.

Summary

    This disc contains a very good crime drama, starring John Hannah.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good but only stereo.

    The disc has no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using Component output
DisplaySony 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 DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX-511
SpeakersBose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)

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