Sex & the Other Man (Warner Vision) (1996)

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Released 6-Oct-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1996
Running Time 85:26
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Karl Slovin
Studio
Distributor
Frederick Zollo
Warner Vision
Starring Ron Eldard
Kari Wuhrer
Stanley Tucci
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Anton Sanko


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

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Plot Synopsis

    Sex & The Other Man is a rather slow, independent film, based on the play by Paul Weitz of the same name (although it is also known as "Captive"). It's a pretty ordinary film served up on a pretty ordinary disc.

    In this black comedy, written and directed by Karl Slovin, Bill (Ron Eldard) and his girlfriend, Jessica (Kari Wuhrer), live together in a roomy NY apartment. While Bill and Jessica are a handsome couple, they are having trouble in their bedroom. Even with the use of games and fantasies, Bill is completely impotent. To make matters worse, Bill now suspects that Jessica is straying, and that her boss, Arthur (Stanley Tucci), will soon be taking care of business.

    One evening after work, Arthur and Jessica are about to get busy in her apartment, when Bill bursts in and takes some Polaroid snaps. Bill then ties a confused Arthur up, and demands a large sum of money in exchange for his silence. The excitement of the blackmail has a strange effect, and suddenly, Bill finds that his impotence is cured. Bill gets to work, while Arthur is forced to watch.

    Bill then decides to keep Arthur tied up for the weekend, but Arthur has other plans . . .

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer has the quality of an old VHS tape.

    The grainy transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. I am guessing that it is open-matte, full frame.

    The sharpness, black level, and shadow detail are all poor, and the source material looks very dirty. For example, consider the complete lack of detail in the dark night shot at 0:50.

    The colour is reasonable, but seems to have an orange tint.

    There are no serious problems with MPEG artefacts, but the grainy image sometimes looks pasty or pixelated. There are no problems with film-to-video artefacts. Small film artefacts appear throughout.

    No subtitles are present.

    This is a single-sided, single-layered disc.

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Audio

    The audio sounds cheap and thin. Indeed, there is a VHS-like background hiss throughout. The only option is English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s).

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are fine.

    The minimal musical score is credited to Anton Sanko, and features jazz and Latin flavoured sounds.

    The stereo audio is not surround encoded, and thus there is no surround sound presence or LFE activity.

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Extras

    There is one extra.

Menu

    A simple menu, it is static and silent.

Trailer (2:45)

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

R4 vs R1

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

    Sex & The Other Man is zoned for all regions, and our version is the same as the R1.

Summary

    Sex & The Other Man is rather dull and slow. It fails to break free from its play origins, and is composed of overly long, play-like sequences.

    The video quality is poor.

    The audio quality is also poor.

    There is one extra.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Friday, February 11, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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