|Year Of Production||1996|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Andrew Bergman|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
David Dilbeck chases after Erin with the zest of a schoolboy. Erin is not at all interested, until he makes her an offer that is just too good to refuse; one dance - $2000. This brings Erin under the scrutiny of the men that are protecting Senator Dilbeck, who see her as a threat that has to be eliminated.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The foreground sharpness is excellent. The background sharpness is a different matter, however, and backgrounds generally have a softer look about them. I feel that this is probably the result of how the film was shot rather than a transfer problem.
The shadow detail can only be described as superb, notably during the dancing scenes at the strip club. This is one of the more striking aspects of this transfer.
There appeared to be some extremely trivial low-level noise present in some of the black areas during a couple of the dance sequences at the Eager Beaver, at 16:30, 17:52 and 56:20. I don't expect anyone other than projector owners using component input to be able to see it - I could hardly see it.
The colour is magnificent. It is deep and rich at all times, with beautifully saturated skin tones throughout. The colour leaps off the screen whenever it gets the chance. A good example of this is the vibrant pink of the Eager Beaver sign. Demi Moore's tan is pretty amazing, too!
No grain, edge bleeding or edge enhancement was noticed.
No MPEG artefacts were noticed. This simple statement does not do justice to the quality of the MPEG encoding found on this disc. For starters, I only saw two trivial cases of aliasing for the entire movie. One was at 49:23 on some car chrome, and the other was on a striped jacket at 25:47. Other scenes that could have easily suffered from MPEG artefacts didn't. A good example of this is the stage lighting at the Eager Beaver. These scenes could have easily suffered from posterization, but there was none to be seen. If you paused the DVD and stepped frame by frame through these scenes you could pick out the odd trivial occurrence of posterization, but since this is not how we watch movies, it doesn't count.
Film artefacts are reasonably infrequent, most being small and unobtrusive. A few larger ones will catch your eye, but thankfully these are infrequent enough not to detract from the overall viewing pleasure. These larger film artefacts usually came in the form of either fibres on the image or dust on the image, at 0:58, 13:42, 13:48, 23:36, 39:00 and 50:31, or the more unusual hollow white ring type at 0:27, 26:13 and 43:53.
This title is presented on a single sided, single layered disc. The packaging incorrectly states that this is a dual layered disc.
Overall, the dialogue was clear and easily understood, however there were a couple of scenes where it did become a little harder to understand, but not to the point where you could not make out what was being said.
No audio sync problems were noticed.
Howard Shore's musical score really suits the movie well, as it is always adding to or enhancing the on-screen action. Eurhythmics fans will love this soundtrack!
The surround channels are used mostly for music, with the odd sound effect tossed in here and there, but nothing to get really excited over. The surround channels were most effective during the dance sequences at the strip club, where they created an enveloping sound stage. For my money, the best examples of surround channel use could be found at 18:13, 41:20 and 58:24. The soundstage was also slightly front-heavy.
There aren't any sequences that call for heavy use of the subwoofer, but it is there, adding a little extra punch to the soundtrack throughout most of the movie.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
It offers a good clean audio soundtrack, with the usual shortcomings of a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack.
There are absolutely no extras at all.
|DVD||Sony DVP-725, using Component output|
|Display||Sony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|