|Year Of Production||2007|
|Running Time||111:21 (Case: 116)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (70:29)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Adam Shankman|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, Action and song "Good Morning Baltimore"|
This review is for the single disc edition of Hairspray, we have previously covered the 2-disc Shake and Shimmy edition.
This 2007 version of Hairspray is a musical based on John Waters' 1988 original non-musical movie of the same name. It is the story of Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), an overweight Baltimore teenager living with her parents, Edna (John Travolta) and Wilbur (Christopher Walken), who dreams of dancing on the local TV teen dance show.
Many will be attracted by the film's huge ensemble cast. Featuring Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Allison Janney and Queen Latifah, there isn't a bad performance among them.
I am not going to rave about the movie, as did our reviewer of the 2-disc edition, but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by Hairspray. I approached the film with some trepidation, largely due to the overwhelming cheeriness of the whole affair, only to get right into the spirit of the movie surprisingly quickly. As cheesy as Hairspray is, it is impossible to deny its effectiveness - even on a grouch like myself.
The video transfer for this edition is identical to the 2-disc Shake and Shimmy edition, right down to the authoring of the film's layer transition.
The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced. The film makes excellent use of the wide ratio.
The film has a deliberate slight soft focus effect throughout, which is presented perfectly by the transfer. The picture is clear and clean, with no evidence of low level noise or grain. The shadow detail is excellent, particularly in the night street scenes.
The film makes excellent use of colour, from pastel skin tones (which are aided by the film's soft focus) to overwhelmingly bright and cheery sets and costumes
There are no noticeable compression artefacts or film artefacts in the video.
The layer change occurs at 70:29, perfectly placed in the blackout after You're Timeless to Me, and is invisible.
The movie features English subtitles for the hearing impaired. Based on the portion I sampled, they appear to be accurate and well timed.
The audio is excellent, although the audio options are not as extensive as the 2-disc edition.
The film features an English 5.1 Dolby Digital EX (448 Kbps) and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps) audio track.
The dialogue and lyrics are clear and easy to understand. There are no sync issues noticeable.
The music is as cheesy and bouncy as you could imagine, which is perfect for the film. The score is never afraid to get carried away with big instruments and bigger chorus lines - and the film is all the better for it.
Both the surrounds and subwoofer get a great workout from the film's music, as well as incidental effects.
|Surround Channel Use|
This single disc edition is not simply a copy of the first disc in the 2-disc Shake and Shimmy edition, it is a completely bare bones disc that contains the feature and an ad for the film's soundtrack.
Put simply, any fan of the movie would be mad to opt for this bare bones edition. Even if they never watch the featurettes, the sing-along mode for the feature is bound to get a run! Only casual viewers need apply here.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
Compared to the equivalent Region 1 bare bones edition, the Region 4 version of this disc misses out on a Spanish subtitles and nothing else.
A surprisingly enjoyable musical romp.
The audio and video are excellent.
This release is devoid of extras.
|DVD||Sony Playstation 3, using HDMI output|
|Display||Samsung 116cm LA46M81BD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Pioneer VSX-D512. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||150W DTX front speakers, and a 100W centre and 2 surrounds, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub|