Millions (2004)

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Released 7-Apr-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Audio Commentary-Danny Boyle (Director) And Frank Cottrell Boyce (Writer)
Featurette-DVD Cutdown
Trailer-Millions Soundtrack Spot
Theatrical Trailer
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Million Pounds, Saints, Spirit Of The Film, Robbery
Web Links
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 94:51
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (61:07) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Danny Boyle
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Alexander Nathan Etel
Lewis Owen McGibbon
James Nesbitt
Daisy Donovan
Christopher Fulford
Pearce Quigley
Jane Hogarth
Alun Armstrong
Enzo Cilenti
Nasser Memarzia
Kathryn Pogson
Harry Kirkham
Cornelius Macarthy
Case ?
RPI $34.95 Music John Murphy


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
English Audio Commentary
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Imagine youíre a young boy who has come across a bag of stolen money. What would you do? Would you give some of the money to your friends and buy some new toys, or would you feed the poor and pay for the construction of wells in Africa? These are some of the problems facing Damian (Alexander Etel) and Anthony Cunningham (Lewis McGibbon) in Millions, the latest movie from director Danny Boyle.

††† Ronnie (James Nesbitt) has been left to raise two young sons on his own, following the death of his wife. Eight-year-old Damian is a perpetual daydreamer who has frequent conversations with various Saints. He is always seeking their advice and inquiring whether or not they have met his mother. Anthony is a couple of years older and is more interested in making new friends and fitting in at school.

††† When the Cunninghams move into their new home, which is located in a housing estate next to a railway line, Damian decides to build a fort using discarded cardboard boxes. The fort allows Damienís imagination to run wild so when a bag of money lands on the fort one day, it is only natural that he believes it has been delivered by God. In fact the money has been stolen and thrown from a moving train. Damien has altruistic plans for the money while his brother sees it as a means to material wealth.

††† Unfortunately for the boys, the criminal who stole the money (Christopher Fulford) wants it back.

††† This latest instalment from the director of 28 Days Later and Trainspotting is another fine example of quality British movie making. The performances by Alexander Etel and Lewis McGibbon are first class and must be seen to be believed.

††† All in all this is thoroughly enjoyable family movie, though younger children may become a little bored with the plot.

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† Apart from some mild aliasing, the video transfer is excellent.

††† The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

††† The image is sharp and has good shadow detail. There is no low level noise.

††† The colours are wonderfully bright and vibrant, without being over saturated. Skin tones look natural.

††† MPEG artefacts were kept to a minimum with only some minor posterization being noticed on Damianís face at 83:23. Unfortunately mild aliasing was evident during several of the outdoor scenes, such as the field at 1:14 and the rooftops at 4:16 and 9:05. Film artefacts were almost non-existent.

††† There are two subtitle streams available, English for the Hearing Impaired and English Audio Commentary. The subtitles are easy to read and well placed. They accurately reflect the spoken word.

††† This is an RSDL disc, with the layer change occurring at 61:07. I did not notice the layer change on my equipment.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

††† The audio transfer is excellent.

††† There are two audio tracks available, the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 and English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround). I listened to both audio tracks.

††† The dialogue is clear and easy to understand, though occasionally heavy accents can make it hard to understand what is being said. I did not notice any problems with audio sync.

††† The musical score by John Murphy provides a lively up-beat tempo that complements the dream-like quality of the movie. Songs by Feeder, The Clash and others help to bring the movie to life.

††† Being a dialogue-driven movie the surround channels are primarily used to support the musical score and to provide general ambience. That being said, the surround channels are used in such a way that the viewer is drawn into the movie for a wholly satisfying experience.

††† This is not a big action movie so there isnít a lot for the subwoofer to do most of the time, but it does help to add emphasis to John Murphyís musical score and the supporting songs.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

††† The disc is accompanied by a long list of extras.

Menu

††† The menu is preceded by the usual anti-piracy ads, which can be skipped through. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced. The menu is not animated and contains no audio, which is a shame given the strength of John Murphyís musical score.

Audio Commentary

††† This is a Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround) audio commentary presented by director Danny Boyle and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce. In addition to the usual topics of casting and filmmaking, Danny Boyle and Frank Cottrell Boyce discuss the pending transition of the English pound to the Euro, the English education system and much more. I personally found the commentary to be quite entertaining, as they move from one topic to the next you donít know what to expect.

DVD Cutdown (3:52)

††† The DVD Cutdown is essentially an abbreviated version of the movie. It is a sequential series of scenes that have been taken from the movie and set to John Murphyís musical score. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, non-enhanced, and is accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround) sound track.

Millions Soundtrack Spot (0:33)

††† An advertisement for the Millions sound track, presented by composer John Murphy.

Theatrical Trailer (2:18)

††† The Theatrical Trailer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, non-enhanced, and is accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround) sound track.

Deleted Scenes (31:41)

††† Ten deleted scenes presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, non-enhanced. The quality of the video transfer is quite good, though they are a little soft and there is some pixelization and aliasing to contend with. The quality of the audio transfer varies between the deleted scenes. While some contain dialogue only, others include the musical score.

Behind The Scenes

††† Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, non-enhanced, and accompanied by a Dolby Digital 2.0 (Surround) soundtrack. Behind the Scenes contains the following four short features:

†- Million Pounds (2:27)

††† The cast discuss what they might do with a million pounds and their experiences during the filming of Millions.

†- Saints (3:33)

††† A look at Damianís obsession with Saints and the visions he has during the movie.

†- Spirit of the Film (3:31)

††† Danny Boyle talks about the happy-go-lucky feel he wanted to project with Millions. He didnít want the movie to have a sad overtone just because the boyís mother had passed away. There is an annoying buzz in this soundtrack when producer Graham Broadbent is speaking.

†- Robbery (4:11)

††† A detailed analysis of the scenes containing the train robbery. There is an annoying buzz in this soundtrack when producer Graham Broadbent is speaking.

Web Link

††† A simple text page that encourages you to log on to www.foxmovies.com.au.

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;

††† Both versions are identical unless English isnít your preferred language.

Summary

††† Millions is unlike any other movie I can remember. This warm hearted family feature is a treat to watch. The spectacular visuals and up-beat musical score will leave you feeling good about yourself and life in general. Don't miss it.

††† The video transfer is excellent.

††† The audio transfer is excellent.

††† There are plenty of quality extras for those people wanting a bit more. The audio commentary presented by director Danny Boyle and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce is recommended.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Aaron Devereaux (read my bio)
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
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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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