James Dean: Forever Young (2005)

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Released 6-Sep-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating ?
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 84:07
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Michael J. Sheridan
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Martin Sheen
Case ?
RPI Box Music Timothy Wynn
Patrea Patrick
Fred Roth


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Arabic
Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hungarian
Icelandic
Italian
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Slovenian
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

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Audio

    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.

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Extras

    There are no extras.

R4 vs R1

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

    As far as I can determine, the Region 1 disc is identical to the Region 4.

Summary

    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.

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© Glen Randall (If you're really bored, you can read my bio)
Monday, November 07, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba SD-1200Y, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TH-42PV500A 42" HD Plasma. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationYamaha RX-V596
SpeakersRichter Wizard fronts, Richter Lynx centre, Richter Hydra rears, Velodyne CT-100 sub-woofer

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