Two Moon Junction (1988)
|Year Of Production||1988|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (55:55)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Zalman King|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Auto Pan & Scan Encoded||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Zalman King's most popular piece of fluff, Two Moon Junction, reaches new heights (or is that "lows"?) in his unique style of soft-porn nonsense.
As I wrote in my review of Wild Orchid, "after a brief career as a television actor, appearing in episodes of Gunsmoke, Land Of The Giants and Charlie's Angels, Zalman King stepped behind the camera. Having written and produced the very successful and titillating Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986), King had at last found his niche. He followed this up by writing and directing another two pieces of enjoyable, erotic fluff, Two Moon Junction (1988) and Wild Orchid (1990). King seems to know when he's on to a good thing, so during the 1990s he churned out soft-porn for US cable, as a series entitled The Red Shoe Diaries. The one exception to this was the surfing flick, In God's Hands (1998), in which he kept to his formula, but replaced scorching sex scenes with scorching surf scenes".
"As with all these movies, the sex (or surf) scenes are sensual, dynamic, exciting, and bold, but the rest of the movie drags along like a squashed snail. King's movies have far too much style, and far too little substance. He fills his films with vibrant colours and lots of atmosphere, through the use of colourful or striking locations, filled with smoke, and/or mysterious people dripping with sweat. The characters have long aimless conversations in whispers about nonsense, or brood endlessly in silence."
In Two Moon Junction, a beautiful Southern Belle (Sherilyn Fenn) is to be married. A few weeks before the wedding, and after a chance meeting, she cranks up a blistering and uncontrollable affair with a visiting, muscular carnie (Richard Tyson). When her family finds out, there are dirty deeds aplenty, as the carnie is made none too welcome in these here parts. Along the way there's lots of flesh, simulated sex, and people masturbating (off-camera).
Despite the attempted twist ending, the only thing remotely surprising is that veteran and respected actors Burl Ives and Louise Fletcher agreed to appear in this drivel. Also of note, the once thoroughly wholesome Kristy McNichol appears as a bisexual, topless cowgirl. Now I didn't see that coming!
The very grainy transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness overall is reasonable. The shadow detail is also mostly okay, but suffers in the darker scenes. The colour is good, which is important, as colour is used heavily in this film (albeit a little too obviously).
MPEG artefacts are not a problem, but the image did look slightly pixelated at times. There are no problems with film-to-video artefacts, except some telecine wobble, which is most noticeable during the opening credits. Film artefacts appear throughout, and include everything from dust to the odd white vertical line. In short, the print used for the transfer wasn't very clean.
English for the Hearing Impaired, German for the Hearing Impaired, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, and Greek subtitles are present. The English ones are accurate. The movie is presented on a single-sided, dual-layered disc, and the layer change is at 55:55.
There are four audio options on this DVD: English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s).
The dialogue quality and audio sync are fine, although as with King's other films, the dialogue is often spoken in whispers or slightly muted.
The musical score is credited to Jonathan Elias, and it features plenty of sax, which helps contribute to the thick atmosphere.
As a Dolby Digital 2.0 (Stereo) track, there is no surround presence or LFE activity.
|Surround Channel Use|
There is only one extra
A very simple menu.
Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, with English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Two Moon Junction was released on DVD in Region 1 back in 2000.
The Region 4 DVD misses out on:
The Region 1 DVD misses out on:
It's close, but I would favour the R4 for the dual-layered presentation, and PAL transfer.
As with Wild Orchid, Two Moon Junction would have scored only one star for the plot, but the 'good bits' earn it another star and a half.
The video quality is very, very grainy, but acceptable.
The audio quality is very limited and flat.
There is one extra.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|