|Year Of Production||1986|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Peter Markle|
George J. Finn
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
Extras on the disc are limited to the Theatrical Trailer.
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;
|Review Equipment Not Stated|