Analyze This! (1999)

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Released 19-Oct-1999

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Audio Commentary-Billy Crystal (Actor) & Robert De Niro (Actor)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Gag Reel (4:49)
Menu Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-Canyon
Theatrical Trailer-1.78:1 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 2.0
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1999
Running Time 99:50 (Case: 103)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Harold Ramis
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Robert De Niro
Billy Crystal
Lisa Kudrow
Joe Viterelli
Chazz Palminteri
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $24.95 Music Howard Shore


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes, mildly
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is a gangster who has a problem. Stress. And, like every self-respecting American, he decides he needs a psychiatrist to help him deal with his stress. The unfortunate schmuck who gets the gig is Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal). Paul, however, is unaware of the rules of the doctor/patient relationship, and makes his own rules. He sees his psychiatrist when and where he wants to see him, not the other way around, even if it is his psychiatrist's wedding day.

    This is a very funny premise, and it is very well carried off by De Niro and Crystal, both perfectly treading the very fine line between excessive violence and farce. Whilst none of it caused any enormous belly laughs, I certainly thoroughly enjoyed myself and spent a lot of the movie chuckling.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer of this movie is very good.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is very clear and very sharp throughout. Shadow detail is generally good, though a few scenes are lacking in this detail. There was no low level noise.

    The colours were generally vibrant, with vivid greens, browns and reds on offer. A lot of the early part of the movie is shot in a somewhat harsher palette with steely blues prominent.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Aliasing is a mild annoyance at times. Early on in the movie, a slight grainy effect is seen in pans across distant foliage which appears to be subtle aliasing, though it is possible that this is encoded film grain or minor MPEG artefacting. Film artefacts were rare and trivial.

    The packaging for this disc claims that it is an RSDL disc. It is not. It is a single layer disc. The packaging is also incorrect in stating that the running time of this movie is 103 minutes. It runs for 99:50. Once again, this is an area that Roadshow Home Entertainment need to make corrections, as they continue to fail to compensate for the 4% speedup inherent in the PAL format.

Audio

    There are two audio tracks on this DVD; the default English Dolby Digital 5.1, and an English Audio Commentary track in Dolby Digital 2.0. The packaging incorrectly states that there is a Dolby Surround track on this disc. There is no such track.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand at all times.

    Audio Sync - Part One: Audio sync was very problematic on my Pioneer DV-505, with sync wandering in and out just enough to be noticeable and very irritating. This is an extremely common problem with Roadshow Home Entertainment discs and Pioneer DVD players.

    Audio Sync - Part Two: On another non-Pioneer DVD player, no audio sync problems were noted.

    The musical score by Howard Shore was nicely matched to the on-screen drama. Varying between sombre, dramatic and whimsical, the music provided an excellent counterpoint to the banter between Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro.

    The surround channels had limited use throughout the majority of the movie, but exploded into action during some gunfight sequences. Otherwise, some music was placed in the rear but that was it.

    The subwoofer was silent except for the aforementioned gunfight sequences.

Extras

    A good selection of extras are present. The Dolby Digital Canyon trailer is on this disc. The packaging states that Cast & Crew Interviews are present on the disc. They are not.

Menu

    The menu design is static with very appropriate music underscoring. All the menus are 16x9 enhanced.

Theatrical Trailer - 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 2.0

Featurette - Gag Reel (4:49) - 1.78:1, not 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 1.0

    This comprises a number of outtakes.

Cast & Crew Biographies

Audio Commentary - Billy Crystal (Actor/Executive Producer) and Robert De Niro (Actor)
    This is one of the poorer commentaries that I have listened to. Billy Crystal is clearly watching the movie as he comments, but there are very large gaps in his commentary which are partially plugged by a cut-and-paste interview with Robert De Niro. Nonetheless, large gaps still remain. Some very good insights are to be had, but they are few and far between.

R4 vs R1

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 disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc is the version of choice, especially given the sync issues on Pioneer players.

Summary

    I had a good time watching Analyze This.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good as long as your player is not affected by the audio sync problem. Pioneer DVD owners, especially owners of the earlier models, should rent this disc before purchasing it to verify that the problem is not present on their player.

    The extras are reasonable.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Friday, October 15, 1999
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).
Audio DecoderDenon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
SpeakersPhilips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer

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