Pavement (2002)

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Released 2-Mar-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2002
Running Time 91:09
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Darrell Roodt
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Robert Patrick
Lauren Holly
Barry Shabaka Henley
Chris Hoffman
Danny Keogh
Case ?
RPI $24.95 Music Anthony Marinelli


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/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
French
Dutch
Arabic
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hungarian
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Slovenian
Swedish
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Pavement starts with two Doctors arguing about the ethical issues surrounding the birth of a baby suffering from Conradi Syndrome. Conradi Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes multiple deformities and usually results in the death of the infant within the first few months.

    The next scene shows homicide detectives arriving at an apartment to investigate the grisly murder of a middle-aged nurse, Jenny Brown (Lynita Crofford). She has been brutally tortured and murdered by a sadistic person who has taken the time to insert a large number of hypodermic needles into her body.

    We then cut to Alaska to establish the credentials of tracker Sam Brown (Robert Patrick). Whilst on the trail of a rogue wolf that has been mutilating local cattle, Sam receives word that his sister has been murdered. Taking time to complete the job at hand, Sam then heads off to San Francisco to track down his sister’s killer.

    It isn’t long before Sam crosses paths with Detective Buckley Clarke (Lauren Holly) who tries, but fails, to persuade him to leave the detective work to the police. Eventually they team up, in more ways than one, in an attempt to catch the perpetrator.

    Following the discovery of another murder victim, the FBI step in to assist the local police. It is revealed that there have been multiple murders exhibiting the same MO (Mode of Operation) and that all victims were members of the medical fraternity.

    I have to confess that I am a fan of Serial Killer movies, provided that they are well constructed and keep you guessing to the very end. The Silence of the Lambs and Seven are two of the very best, offering a disturbing glimpse into the mind of a Serial Killer.

    Unfortunately, Pavement falls well short of the mark. The plot is predictable from the outset and there are several plot holes. Sam Brown lacks any real credibility and at times his stunts look as if they would be more at home on the set of MacGyver.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Despite some grain and low level noise, the video transfer is quite acceptable.

    Pavement is presented in an aspect ratio of 1:78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    The image is generally soft and grain is present during many scenes, for example, the Golden Gate Bridge at 3:25 and the hallway at 17:51. There are numerous darker scenes where low level noise becomes a problem. The police station at 21:21 and inside the car at 50:42 are two examples.

    The forest scenes that take place in Alaska are quite vibrant, but the colours are purposely subdued once the story makes its way back to San Francisco. Skin tones look natural.

    MPEG artefacts were kept to a minimum with only a moderate amount of posterization being evident. Although aliasing is present during the closing credits, I did not observe any during the movie. There was only the occasional film artefact, in the form of a white fleck or two.

    There are at least 15 foreign language subtitles on this DVD, along with English and English for the Hearing Impaired. Both of the English subtitle steams accurately reflected the spoken word and English for the Hearing Impaired provided an appropriate degree of audio cues.

    There is no layer change during the movie.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

Audio

    The audio transfer is very good. The only problem of note was an audible pop at 44:24 and a click at 58:32. Both occurrences were quite noticeable.

    There are three audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround) and French Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround). I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and compared it with the English Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround) soundtrack.

    The dialogue quality was clear and easy to understand at all times on both English soundtracks. Unfortunately the audio sync was out a touch throughout the movie.

    The musical score by Anthony Marinelli was quite powerful, providing the right tempo. It was one of the stronger points of the movie.

    Both English soundtracks were very good with the main difference being the expanded spatial awareness created by the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The surround channels are used to good effect for both music and ambiance.

    The subwoofer was utilised to good effect without ever becoming intrusive.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    Apart from the menu there are no extras on the DVD.

Menu

    The menu is presented in an aspect ratio of 1:78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced. It is not animated and there is no backing sound. The main menu offers the following options; Play Movie, Chapters (of which there are 13), Audio and Subtitles.

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;

    With the exception of the alternative language soundtracks, both the Region 1 and Region 4 versions of this DVD appear to be identical.

Summary

    It seems to me that the whole Serial Killer theme has been done a few times too many. The plots feel tired and they are full of clichés and stereotyped characters. At best, all we can hope for is a sound storyline with a few surprises along the way. If you are a fan of suspense thrillers then Pavement will satisfy, but the plot is predictable and Robert Patrick's character (Sam Brown) is not convincing.

    Pavement comes with a reasonable video and audio transfer, but there are no extras on the disc.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Aaron Devereaux (read my bio)
Friday, September 30, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-533K, using Component output
DisplayInFocus Screenplay 7200 with ScreenTechnics 100" (16x9) screen. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to Amplifier. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC -A11SR
SpeakersJamo D6PEX wall mounted Speakers and Powered Sub (7.1)

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