Apollo 13 (1995)
Audio Commentary-Ron Howard (Director)
Audio Commentary-Jim & Marilyn Lovell
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1995|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (66:27)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Ron Howard|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 1.0 (96Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 1.0 (96Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Ron Howard manages to infuse this story with a tremendous amount of drama and suspense, despite some of the special effects looking just a little bit on the dated side. In his usual fashion, he manages to create a movie that is spectacular-looking, epic in proportion and yet still manages to contain a healthy quantity of human drama.
This is a very good transfer, that just falls short of being reference quality because of a few minor quibbles.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was very sharp and very clear throughout except for scenes involving archival footage, or scenes which are deliberately hazy. Rarely, I noted a few shots that were unintentionally grainy, but this was a very subtle problem. Shadow detail was very good and there was no low level noise.
The colours were nicely rendered throughout, with a wide range of palettes on display, ranging from the steely silver and grey of the space craft to the vivid colours of Earth.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. There was some very minor aliasing occasionally, but I suspect that this will completely pass you by if you are not specifically looking for it. Some of the burned-in titles wobble ever-so-slightly, but once again I suspect that this will completely pass by the casual viewer. Film artefacts were rare.
Subtitles can be selected via the remote control, and all subtitles are available via the remote, no matter what Region the DVD player is set to. The subtitle menu, however, is dependent on which Region the DVD player is set to.
This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change just before the end of Chapter 28, at 66:27. The layer change is quite disruptive, with significant pauses in the audio and video stream at this point. The audio commentary tracks are both disrupted mid sentence by this layer change, so it is one of the poorer layer changes I have seen. Of course, it is far less disruptive than having to get up and flip the disc over.
The audio tracks available on this DVD are dependent on the Region that the DVD player is set to in the same way as for subtitles. They are selectable via the audio menu, and via the remote control. All audio tracks are selectable via the remote control at all times.
There are seven audio tracks on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded, and two English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 1.0 tracks. I listened to the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and to both Audio Commentary tracks.
Dialogue was always clear and easy to understand.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc.
The score by James Horner was suitably dramatic and aptly suited the on-screen action at all times. It did, however, sound a little thin at times, so it would be interesting to compare this soundtrack to the DTS version which would probably sound a little better.
The surround channels were frequently used for special effects and for music, and was nicely enveloping, though perhaps not quite as enveloping as I would have expected given the subject material. It nonetheless is an excellent soundtrack.
The .1 channel was used aggressively at times, especially for the launch sequence, the explosion, and the re-entry. The exact level of support provided by this channel seemed to vary slightly, and at times the subwoofer called attention to itself, so it was not quite as well integrated into the overall soundtrack as I would have expected.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
It's a hard call, but I think I would favour the Region 1 Dolby Digital version in this case, or if you want the absolute best movie-only experience, the Region 1 DTS version, not that there is anything wrong with the Region 4 version of this disc at all.
The video quality is almost of reference quality.
The audio quality is very good..
The extras are very good.
|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|