Analyze This! (1999)
Audio Commentary-Billy Crystal (Actor) & Robert De Niro (Actor)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Gag Reel (4:49)
Dolby Digital Trailer-Canyon
Theatrical Trailer-1.78:1 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 2.0
|Year Of Production||1999|
|Running Time||99:50 (Case: 103)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Harold Ramis|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Robert De Niro
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, mildly|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe 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 Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 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|
|Speakers||Philips 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|