Time Lapse (2001)

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Released 10-Apr-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 84:49
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By David Worth

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring William McNamara
Roy Scheider
Dina Meyer
Henry Rollins
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $36.95 Music Deddy Tzur

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Time Lapse is a very forgettable made-for-video movie, on a very average DVD.

    The cheap production values make this movie more resemble an episode of a cheap US television program, rather than a feature film. I can only assume that Roy Scheider was doing someone a favour by appearing in this stinker. The rest of the cast's acting ranges from cringe-inducing to adequate at best.

    The absurd and tedious plot is very obviously arranged to provide a series of very dull, staged stunt scenes and lame action sequences. Clay (William McNamara) is an undercover agent for a US Anti-Terrorist Unit of the NSA. After a mission goes wrong, Clay's cover is blown. Clay goes on the run. He believes that he's been drugged and is losing his memory. Soon he is accused of killing a number of people. Meanwhile, evil cardboard cut-out Iraqis are after the all-American hero, and some nuclear bombs as well.

    Perhaps worst of all, the direction by David Worth is offensively patronising. For example, fearing that the audience has already forgotten an important plot point, the movie contains lengthy flashbacks, or in other words, will repeat sections of the movie to remind the audience what has happened already. These scenes are in black and white so the audience can tell they're a flashback! Duh! Also, in case the audience misses something, there will be extended slow-motion scenes. Just to make doubly sure, the camera will zoom in on what the audience is supposed to see! Duh!

    The best thing I can say about this movie is that thankfully it's pretty short . . . *Yawn*

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Transfer Quality


    The transfer is adequate, and it is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, Pan & Scan.

    The sharpness is acceptable, as is the black level. The shadow detail however, is a little less than acceptable. For example, the scene in the darkened room at 11:33 exhibits an almost complete lack of shadow detail.

    The colour is fairly well saturated and the flesh-tones are accurate.

    MPEG artefacts were never a great problem, but there was some mild macro-blocking in the background at times, such as on the door at 19:24. In regard to film-to-video artefacts, aliasing appears throughout. Anything that can shimmer does, such as the blinds at 4:39 or the car grille at 37:08. Film artefacts appear throughout, and examples can be seen at 7:53 and 8:19. A huge one appears at 24:49.

    There are no subtitles on this DVD.

    This is a single-layered disc, which is acceptable considering the length of the content, and lack of extras.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    There is only one audio track on this DVD, English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. The cover claims that it is surround encoded, but the surround flag is not set in the bitstream.

    The dialogue quality and audio sync are mostly acceptable, but some passages appeared dubbed, such as at 58:22.

    The musical score is credited to Deddy Tzur and it mainly consists of subtle melodramatic swells between scenes.

    If one enables surround decoding, then the score and some ambience is piped to the rear speakers.

    The bass content of this movie really surprised me by being quite decent, and my subwoofer got to 'play' a few times, such as during the explosion at 1:47.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    The extras are slim.


    A very simple menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is static and silent.

Theatrical Trailer (1:16)

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Time Lapse has been released on video in Region 1, but not on DVD.


    Time Lapse is dull and lifeless, and the excitement that should be in an 'action' movie such as this is sorely missing. Furthermore, the plot is childish and insulting to the audience. As a whole, this DVD is very forgettable, and best avoided.

    The video quality is adequate.

    The audio quality is also adequate.

    The extras are really not worth mentioning.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Brandon Robert Vogt (warning: bio hazard)
Sunday, May 12, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayGrundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony STR DE-545
SpeakersSony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer

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