Sexual Intelligence (2005) (NTSC)
Featurette-Behind the Scenes with the Animators
|Year Of Production||2005|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Catherine Annau|
Richard L. Green
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||480i (NTSC)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
It's aiming at the Eyes Wide Shut crowd; the sexually-repressed, uneducated adults who'd still feel shock hearing someone utter the word "clitoris" - something which our host, Kim Cattrall has trouble pronouncing (Clit-hour-yus? What?!). She narrates every section with the retarded glee of a schoolgirl giggling in sex ed, and never fails to chime in with a god-awful one-liner for every situation. (Clue: They're never funny!) Both she and the documentary are surely riding on the "fame" from Sex and the City, and a lot of the music and generally awful ideas are copied direct from there - the tragedy is that there's no reason the people behind this well-budgeted facade could not have made a decent documentary exploring some (any?) element of sex, and that whenever Sexual Intelligence does hit upon an interesting point, it quickly shoots off in a horrible new direction making it absolutely worthless for anyone with an ounce of sense.
Sexual Intelligence lacks a thesis. Worse, it lacks a subject - it's scattershot and never really gets to the root of anything it tries to talk about. (Find its various "experts" and talking heads certified to deliver only the most misguided of information in the most boring of monotone - but never fear, Kim Cattrall will be quick to swoop in with a hilarious retort or dirty animation to keep the dullards interested!) Worse, it's poorly made, plagued with basic filmmaking issues, like changing aspect ratios for no reason at all in the middle of a scene. Worst of all, it's not fun to watch or entertaining. Do not watch Sexual Intelligence. You'd only be dumber for it.
The video transfer for Sexual Intelligence is a direct copy of the NTSC transfer from the Region 1 DVD, and it's basically awful. Although the video is consistent as widescreen, the actual aspect ratio of that presented onscreen changes, which is confusing and bizarre. I've never seen this happen before on a DVD, and there's good reason for that. Aside, there's plenty of nasty interlacing throughout, as well as occasional film artefacts, though the colours maintain brightness and flare.
There are minor issues with grain and low level noise, although these are infrequent and are not as problematic as the other issues presented.
There are no subtitles.
This is a very no-frills stereo soundtrack that does keeps everything audible and at good levels and nothing more. The dialogue and sound effects sound fine, with good sync and no problems with dropouts, and the music is mixed well.
The soundtrack contains various cues and elements from Sex and the City, remixed with sound effects and other cues to give the film a vibrant "exciting" soundtrack. It's best described as light and quirky, which fits what the creators have clearly attempted to do.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video transfer is an awful copy of the NTSC R1 transfer.
The audio is average, neither special nor awful.
What little extras there are here are either terrible or unrelated to the film.
|DVD||LG LH-D6230, using Component output|
|Display||Benq PE7700. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device has a maximum native resolution of 720p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Speakers||B&W LCR 600 S3 (Front & Centre); B&W DM 600 (Rears); B&W ASW500 (Sub)|