Masked and Anonymous (2003)

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Released 5-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Dolby Digital Trailer-Rain
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 101:54
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Larry Charles
Studio
Distributor
Spitfire Pictures
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jeff Bridges
Penélope Cruz
Bob Dylan
John Goodman
Jessica Lange
Luke Wilson
Angela Bassett
Steven Bauer
Bruce Dern
Ed Harris
Val Kilmer
Cheech Marin
Chris Penn
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $39.95 Music Bob Dylan


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Do you like Bob Dylan's music? If so, this movie may interest you. It's not actually about Bob Dylan, but in some ways it is. Sound confusing? Well, that should get you ready for this film. As Bob Dylan's character says at the end of the film "I stopped trying to figure everything out a long time ago".

    This film seems to be the definition of the term 'vanity project' and I can only assume that somebody wanted to make a film involving Bob Dylan and got a lot of his fans together to do it. This project was directed by Larry Charles, one of the writers and producers of Seinfeld although I would suggest you don't read anything into that link, as it bears no relation to Seinfeld at all. It was written by Charles and Bob Dylan under the assumed names of Sergei Petrov (Dylan) & Rene Fontaine (Charles). The cast includes many big name actors such as Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Penelope Cruz along with many cameos.

    The film is set in a future America, ruled by a dictator (who is dying) and torn apart by civil war. An aging legendary rocker, Jack Fate (Bob Dylan) is sprung from jail to play a benefit concert to be shown on 'The Network' which is government controlled. The concert is being organised by Uncle Sweetheart (John Goodman) and Nina Veronica (Jessica Lange). Uncle Sweetheart owes some hoodlums a lot of money and he hopes to skim from the concert to pay them back. A disillusioned reporter, Tom Friend (Jeff Bridges) is assigned by The Editor (Bruce Dern) to cover the concert. He is accompanied by his Metallica loving but very religious girlfriend, Pagan Lace (Penelope Cruz). Other characters/cameos include Bobby Cupid, a bartender and friend of Jack Fate (Luke Wilson), the president's mistress (Angela Bassett), the ghost of a black & white minstrel (Ed Harris), an animal wrangler and philosophical weirdo (Val Kilmer), a young and confused soldier (Giovanni Ribisi), the guy who plans to take over when the president dies, Edmund (Mickey Rourke) and 2 roadies (Chris Penn & Christian Slater).

    This film is either

    I have decided to go for option B) , however, C) was certainly in the running and was very unlucky to miss out in a close contest. A) dropped away very quickly and had to retire hurt.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is excellent.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio or close to it.

    The picture was clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was excellent. There was some very light grain from time to time.

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

    There were no noticeable artefacts.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired which are clear, easy to read and very close to the spoken (or sung) word.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This DVD contains one audio option, a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack encoded at 448 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there were no audio sync issues.

    The music used is almost entirely written by Bob Dylan and includes live recordings which form part of the film and also many covers of his songs both in English and foreign languages. The music comes across very well on this transfer and sounds excellent. Bob's backing band in the film includes 1980's one hit wonder Charlie Sexton.

    The surround speakers are used constantly during the soundtrack, both for the music and for directional effects.

    The subwoofer was used regularly to support the music and for effects such as thunder.

    

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Extras

Menu

    The menu includes a scene selection function and the ability to turn the subtitles on and off.

Theatrical Trailer (2:52)

    The trailer is just as enigmatic as the film and includes Bob Dylan's music.

R4 vs R1

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 misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;

   Based upon the above, the Region 1 wins, if you really want to own this film.

Summary

    This disc contains a bizarre film starring Bob Dylan and lots of Hollywood stars. Bob Dylan fans may find something to enjoy.

    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?)
Thursday, August 26, 2004
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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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