Youngblood (1986)

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Released 10-May-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1986
Running Time 105:20
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Peter Markle
Studio
Distributor

MGM
Starring Rob Lowe
Cynthia Gibb
Patrick Swayze
Ed Lauter
Jim Youngs
Eric Nesterenko
George J. Finn
Fionnula Flanagan
Ken James
Peter Faussett
Walker Boone
Keanu Reeves
Martin Donlevy
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music Chris Boardman
William Orbit
Torchsong


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
French
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Swedish
Norwegian
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Polish
Portuguese
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Youngblood tells the story of a young ice hockey player, Dean Youngblood (Rob Lowe), whose skill on the ice is beyond reproach, but who must also learn to survive in the rough and tough world of minor league Canadian ice hockey if he is ever to make the majors. Along the way he must face his arch nemesis, Racki (George J. Finn), who plays an enforcer on skates. After the try-outs, Youngblood is selected over Racki for the "Hamilton Mustangs", while Racki is picked up by the "Thunder Bay Bombers". Dean Youngblood is befriended by the Mustangs captain, Derek Sutton (Patrick Swayze), and the two build a reasonable on-screen bond. Dean's love interest, Jessie Chadwick (Cynthia Gibb), is also the coach's daughter, and there is a wonderful little sideline scene where the coach (Ed Lauter) catches the 2 together for the first time. You also get to see a young Keanu Reeves playing as one of Youngblood's teammates.

    All-in-all this is quite a fun movie. It is typical of many sports movies that have been made over the years in regards to the way the plot flows. The acting is a little wooden in places and the storyline follows the standard format for such films, but the story doesn't bog down often and the on-ice action is well done. Also, the on-screen bond between Youngblood, Sutton, and Jessie Chadwick brings some character to the movie.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This movie's video transfer is average given the age of the movie and the source material available.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer of this movie is a little soft throughout and somewhat grainy when blown up on a large 76" screen. This is not to the level that it detracts from the movie, just that it is noticeable, a little like watching a videotape as opposed to a DVD.

    Colours in the movie are quite faded and drab, which I believe was the intention of the filmmakers and not a fault of the transfer.

    MPEG artefacts are rare, though there is a nasty one at 4:00, and overall were not an issue in this transfer, however there are occasional aliasing issues. Additionally, you will notice minor positive and negative artefacts continuously throughout the transfer. Later in the movie little dark circles appear on the screen which are quite distracting. A good example of this can be found at 44:00. These do not appear to be reel change markers, nor do I believe that they are moire effects. Finally, there are a few hair-like scratches which appear at 68:23.

    This is a dual layered disc with the layer change at 57:50. There is no action at this point and the change is not very disruptive to the flow of the movie.

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Audio

    The main failing of the audio on this disc is that it is very soft. It is necessary to turn up your amplifier considerably in order to hear the soundtrack; though the balance between music and voice is not out of proportion because of this. However, if you stop the movie in the middle of watching it and change sources without adjusting your volume control back down, your neighbours two doors down will call the police.

    There are five audio tracks on this DVD. They are all Dolby 2.0 soundtracks encoded at 224Kb/s. The languages are English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. I watched the movie in English and watched 10 minutes of each of the other 4 languages to look for dubbing issues. It appeared to me that the dubbing was quite well aligned with lip sync.

    Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand with no audio sync issues that I noticed.

    This movie's musical score fitted in nicely with the typical 80's movie action genre. Action components were heavy and upbeat, while the rest of the movie had much softer undertones.

    Surround sound was used quite well in the movie with good emphasis made of the rear channel, especially in the stadium scenes where you got the crowd noise heightened from the rear which really did give you the feeling that you were in a stadium full of people.

    The subwoofer pretty much got the day off for this one, which is only to be expected given that it is a Dolby 2.0 title.

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Extras

    Extras on the disc are limited to the Theatrical Trailer.

Menu

    The top level menu is 16x9 enhanced and is a static graphic with four options; Play, Scene Selection, Language Options, and Original Theatrical Trailer.

Play

    Plays the movie.

Scene Selections

    Gives you a choice of 16 chapters into which the movie has been divided. These are presented in 16x9 windowed boxes, four at a time.

Language Options

    Under "Language Options" you are given the choice of "Spoken Languages" or "Subtitles". Under "Spoken Languages" there are five options: English, German, French, Italian, or Spanish, whilst under "Subtitles" you have a total of 13 options: English for the Hearing Impaired, German for the Hearing Impaired, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Polish, or Portuguese.

Theatrical Trailer

    The Theatrical Trailer is presented at 1.33:1 and runs for 1:18.

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;     I would recommend the Region 4 disc over the Region 1 disc as it is presented in PAL format.

Summary

    Youngblood was a nice way to spend a few hours with my brain off, letting my old 1980s cinema days flood back. It is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it is worth a bargain bin pickup and some old memories.

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© Andrew Peart (read my bio)
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
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