The Art of War (2000)
Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-Canyon
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-On Set
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (61:13)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Christian Duguay|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/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||No|
The movie begins with a "Mission: Impossible" style operation, conducted by Wesley Snipes and his team. It's rather nicely done, and much better than MI:2. We learn fairly quickly that this team is part of Covert Operations, working for the United Nations, under the direction of Anne Archer. Donald Sutherland is the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Anne Archer is working for him. It is on the next assignment for the team that things go awry. I can't say much more without spoiling things, but I will say that this plot is complex, twisted, and may require multiple viewings to disentangle. There's plenty of action, both hand-to-hand (actually, body-part-to-body-part!) and using firearms. There are a couple of brutal moments, but they are over quickly.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture is generally nice and sharp - on occasions a little too sharp for Anne Archer's sake; she looks old, and overly made-up, with the sharpness making things all too clear. A softer image would have been kinder to her, but the rest of the movie benefits from the sharpness. Shadow detail is good, and there seems to be no low-level noise.
Colour is generally quite good. I saw no colour bleed, and colour balance is maintained at all times.
I saw no film artefacts, and I wouldn't expect to on a film made so recently. Aliasing was well-controlled, and I saw no other film-to-video or MPEG artefacts.
The disc is RSDL-formatted, with the layer change placed at 61:13. It is placed in the middle of a scene, between shots of the groovy hand-held web browser (I want one!) and Wesley Snipes - he pauses quite noticeably. Not a good layer change at all.
Dialogue is generally quite clear, although a few words get lost in some of the crowd scenes. There is a noticeable ADR slip at 17:33, which I confirmed is present on the R1 disc as well - clearly a defect in the source material. Audio sync is generally spot-on - I didn't notice any other slips.
The score is a problem. The music is fine - appropriate to the action - but it is much too loud. It seems as though the makers of this film felt they could make it more exciting by making it louder. All that does is make me turn the volume down, but that makes the dialogue harder to hear. Hey! It is called background music for a reason - it is supposed to be in the background. Unfortunately, the R1 disc is just as loud - clearly this was the choice of the makers, not the DVD mastering team.
The surrounds were used well - ambient sounds and directional effects - nice. The subwoofer got lots of work supporting the score and sound effects, and was well-integrated into the soundscape.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is quite good.
The audio quality is good, but too loud - turn it down a bit.
The extras are OK.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-737, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics matte white screen with a gain of 1.0 (280cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front Left and Right: Krix Euphonix, Centre: Krix KDX-C Rears: Krix KDX-M, Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5|