|Year Of Production||1979|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Blake Edwards|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, just slightly|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
George is 42, a composer, and he has reached a crisis in his life. One day, he drives past a wedding car and spots Jenny on the way to her wedding. He is immediately smitten with her, and thus begins an obsessive chase after her. As George finds out, however, fantasy does not often equate with reality.
This movie is very typically Blake Edwards, who wrote and directed. Gently paced, with dashes of wit and loads of pathos, we wallow in George's wretchedness throughout the course of the movie. There are no belly laughs here, but there are plenty of wry chuckles and subtle digs. The movie would have been better trimmed a little leaner, but all-in-all it was a pleasant enough way to while away 2 hours.
This transfer is sharp in places and soft in other places. Generally, the well-lit scenes are presented very well, but the sharpness falls off during the darker scenes. Shadow detail is poor, with large portions of the detail in darker scenes being crushed into black. Low level noise rarely intrudes, but it can be seen at times.
The colours were variably rendered, in the typical fashion of movies of this era. Daylight scenes were vibrant and strongly coloured. Dark scenes were oversaturated with extremely strong reds and oranges. It may pay to back off a little on the colour saturation level whilst watching this DVD.
MPEG artefacts were rarely seen in some of the darker backgrounds, mainly consisting of very slight macro-blocking, but you really had to be looking hard to see these. Film to video artefacts consisted of quite considerable aliasing during camera pans, particularly in scenes involving grass, cars or trees. This was occasionally distracting. Film artefacts were variably present, and frequently came in quite considerable bursts which would then settle down for a time. They consisted mainly of quite visible white flecks, though there were several blue scratches briefly seen during the movie.
The soundtrack is the typical compressed mono soundtrack of movies of this era - no restoration appears to have been done to this soundtrack.
Dialogue was easy enough to understand despite the limited high-frequency response of the soundtrack.
There were no audio sync problems. Of particular note is that fact that it appeared as if Dudley Moore did all his own piano playing, since this aspect of the movie is flawless.
The score by Henry Mancini suits the overall mood of the movie nicely - "elevator music" as it is referred to in the movie.
No use was made of the surround channels or the subwoofer.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is passable for the age of the movie, though oversaturation and film artefacts are problematic at times.
The audio quality is unremarkable.
The extras are non-existent.
|DVD||Start SD2010VNK, 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/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|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|