The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Music Video-Windmills Of Your Mind-Sting
Featurette-Making Of-The Making of a Masterpiece
Menu Animation & Audio
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (70:38)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||John McTiernan|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Auto Pan & Scan Encoded||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The Thomas Crown Affair is a remake of the 1968 movie of the same name, however, it has had many updates and changes made to the story to bring into the 90s.
Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) is a wealthy financier with little in his life that challenges him. He wants for nothing, and so for kicks he decides to plan the perfect robbery from a New York Art Museum. A rather stylish theft sequence follows, during which a Monet worth $100 million dollars is stolen from the museum.
As the insurance underwriters have no desire to pay out for the theft of this painting, they send in Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) to locate and retrieve the painting. The FBI investigator in charge of the investigation, Michael McCann (Denis Leary), allows Catherine complete access to the investigation and they work together in order to solve the crime. Actually, Michael continually plays catch up with Catherine, as it is Catherine that predominantly figures out the who, how and why of this crime.
An attraction develops between Thomas and Catherine, and the remainder of the movie consists of a three-way cat-and-mouse game between Thomas, Catherine and the FBI, all very stylishly executed on-screen, set to a wonderful soundtrack. Rene Russo just sizzles in her role, as does Pierce Brosnan.
The picture is extremely clear and sharp at all times, which unfortunately does lead to frequent but minor aliasing, but more on that later. Shadow detail is excellent. Many scenes take place in low light conditions, and yet there is a veritable feast of detail contained in the shadows which adds real depth to the picture.
No instances of low-level noise, edge bleeding or edge enhancement were seen.
The colour can only be described as superb, and the skin tones are perfect - rather important for this movie, since we do get to see quite a bit of bare skin, both male and female!
There are a couple of scenes where some pixel crawl or pixel shake was noticed, but it is minor. The most noticeable occurrence of this was on a shot of a tall stone building. There is a slight grain in many of the brighter scenes. If you pause the movie on any reasonably bright scene, you should be able to see the grain that I'm talking about.
Some very minor MPEG artefacts can be seen during the zooming down onto the city from above (near the start of the movie). The writing is also affected, but again this is very minor.
There are quite a few small film artefacts present, in fact far too many for a film of this age. Thankfully, most are small and unobtrusive, with only a small number being larger and more noticeable, such as at 87:26. There are a couple of scenes that are really plagued by a large number of small black film artefacts. Some examples of this can be found at 62:42, 63:07 and 64:13 - 64:18.
This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change placed between Chapters 25 and 26, at 70:38 on a scene change. There is a reasonably short pause, but due to the audio stopping it makes the layer change somewhat noticeable. Overall, however, it is not too disruptive to the flow of the movie, so I must say that it is a pretty good layer change.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand, and no audio sync problems were noticed with this transfer.
Bill Conti’s musical score is wonderful to say the least. It sets the mood of the movie, it's catchy and it is captivating.
The surround channels were mostly used for music with a few ambient sounds and special effects. Overall, I felt it was very good, since this is a dialogue and music driven movie.
The subwoofer gets plenty of use supporting the music.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu selections are; Play, Scene Selections (36), Language Options and Special Features.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) has a great audio transfer that is faithful to the original film's soundtrack.
There are a good selection of extras.
|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)|