Love and Death on Long Island (1997)
Main Menu Audio-One still plus music from score
Theatrical Trailer-Ratio 1.85:1, no enhancement
Trailer-Look Both Ways, Gerry, Emile, Night On Earth, Three Dollars
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Richard Kwietniowski|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||None||Smoking||Yes, Protagonist does not conform to society at large.|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, Beach scene with Jason Priestley walking his dog.|
The video quality of this disc is disappointing.
The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced.
The colours are rich and dynamic, the Nova Scotia locations looking beautiful.
Unfortunately the image is not sharp. I kept cleaning my glasses until I realised it was the film itself. It is not "bad" but neither is it "good". The fine titles at the end of the film are almost impossible to read.
The other major visual problem is the amount of low level noise, the worst I have seen for quite some time. Obvious examples are at 31:30, 34:50 and 53:50.
Aliasing was also noted at various times, one instance being on weatherboards at 42:35.
The photography by Oliver Curtis is masterful so it is doubly regrettable that the image presented is disappointing.
These flaws do not prevent the film being a most involving experience, but it would be wonderful to see a transfer that did true justice to the source material.
Watching a second time on a smaller screen, the image was much more satisfying.
There are no subtitles for the movie.
This is a single layer disc.
The audio on this disc is a pleasant surprise.
There is only one audio track, English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded sound.
The front speaker separation is excellent, with a great deal of directionality in the sound, and the rear surround effects are almost constant. From the rolling surf and seagulls in the opening, to traffic, supermarket activity, thunder and even low ambient mumblings in the "gentlemen's'" club, the surround information creates a totally immersive and satisfying aural experience.
This is not a film for subwoofer dynamics, though the music does benefit.
Much of the film has been recorded "live" and consequently there is a low rumble in some scenes. This is not distracting, but is present. To me the "liveliness" of the sound is by far preferable to dialogue presented in a sterile vacuum.
Dialogue - and this is a dialogue film - was perfectly understandable, and there were no sync problems.
The score by Richard Grassby-Lewis was never obtrusive, but supported beautifully what was on the screen. Enhanced by the subwoofer the opening heart-beat throbs of the opening prepare us for an intimate emotional ride, and the style of the music moves cleverly from the old world to the new. Some more modern sounds are provided by The Insects.
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Unfortunately there are no extras which relate directly to the film itself. This is a shame when the film is so inherently interesting and the involved viewer wants to learn more about the creative forces behind such an impressive work.
The menu design is extremely basic with one still from the movie and music from the score in the background.
The menu options are:
Selected Scenes : 14 thumbnailed scenes over one still from the movie, without audio
Extras : Options are : Theatrical Trailer
Theatrical Trailer : (02:32)
The trailer is presented in the ratio of 1.85:1 but is not 16x9 enhanced. The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 @ 192 kbps.
This is simply a collection of trailers of other Madman movies.
Look Both Ways : (00:38) Aspect ratio 1.85:1 and 16x9 enhanced with Dolby Digital 2.0.
Gerry : (02:45) Aspect ratio 2.35:1 and 16x9 enhanced with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
Emile : (02:25) Aspect ratio 1.33:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
Night on Earth : (02:29) Aspect ratio 1.85:1, no enhancement, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. There are English subtitles.
Three Dollars : (02:25) Aspect ratio 1.85:1 and 16x9 enhanced with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
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 titles misses out on English and Spanish subtitles.
The Region 1 version misses out on : Theatrical Trailer
Purely on ease of access I would say region 4 wins - but I would like to physically compare the visual quality of the two releases.
|DVD||Onkyo-SP500, using Component output|
|Display||Philips Plasma 42FD9954/69c. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080i.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Speakers||VAF DC-X fronts; VAF DC-6 center; VAF DC-2 rears; LFE-07subwoofer (80W X 2)|