James Dean: Forever Young (2005)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||Michael J. Sheridan|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.66:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Varies||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
This final disc of the Complete James Dean Collection is a documentary that is only available with the boxed set. Narrated by Martin Sheen, it traces Dean's career from his early bit parts in Pepsi advertisements through to his tragic death at a mere 24 years of age.
The documentary comprises a wealth of old footage of James Dean's TV appearances as well as a number of stills taken by professional photographers, candidly by his friends, and photos taken by Dean himself. There is also 16mm film footage taken by Dean of behind the scenes happenings on the Giant set, as well as scenes from early films in which he had bit parts. It is not an overly sentimental documentary and gives a factual account of Dean's career without romanticising him.
The video quality is variable as the source material is mixed. Most of the documentary consists of 1950s TV footage and old film stock, so sharpness is often poor and almost every film artefact you can name is present at some point. Scratches, hairs and spots all appear at some some stage, but, due to the historic nature of the footage, this is not really a criticism of the video quality. Considering the origin of much of the material, the video transfer is more than acceptable.
A Dolby Digital 2.0 track is provided and it is clear and without problems. Some of the old TV footage suffers from the bandwidth and hiss limitations of the era, but the commentary is always clean and distinct. Most of the sound is concentrated around the centre sound stage, with only some audio effects moving to the left or right.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are no extras.
As far as I can determine, the Region 1 disc is identical to the Region 4.
An interesting documentary on the career of one of the most influential and iconic actors ever. If you are a James Dean fan you will want to see it. Those who are unfamiliar with Dean's work will find this documentary enhances their appreciation of the movies in this set.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-1200Y, using Component output|
|Display||Panasonic TH-42PV500A 42" HD Plasma. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Richter Wizard fronts, Richter Lynx centre, Richter Hydra rears, Velodyne CT-100 sub-woofer|