The Man with the Golden Gun: Special Edition (1974)
Featurette-Inside The Man With The Golden Gun
Audio Commentary-Guy Hamilton (Director) et al
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||1974|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (101:03)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Guy Hamilton|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (256Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (256Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This transfer is as sharp as you have any right to expect from a film that is after all, over 26 years of age. I thought that there was enough shadow detail visible in this transfer to support a mark of good and that the black level was excellent.
Colour saturation is also very good and while skin tones do have a slightly brown appearance there is nothing else wrong with the colours in this transfer.
MPEG artefacts were not a problem in this transfer but film grain is almost always noticeable. I didn't however, find it distracting.
I found only minor occurrences of moiré effects. The most significant example I saw was at 1:13-1:16 on Nick Nack's waist coat.. This transfer does however, suffer from minor telecine wobble throughout. It's not annoying, but it's there nevertheless - see 42:46-42:48 for a typical example. Film artefacts were quite common and at times quite obvious. The worst example I noted was at 0:34-0:41. I also saw a fairly major mark at 35:33 but fortunately it is only visible for a fraction of a second.
This is an RSDL disc with the layer change occurring at 101:03. It is placed right on a scene change and while noticeable, is not disruptive to the flow of the movie.
There are two audio tracks present on this disc. Both are Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo tracks encoded at 256 Kb/s. One is the main English track and the other is an English Director's Commentary. I listened to the main English stereo track and the Audio Commentary. You should note that the packaging is incorrect in this regard. It says that the audio on this disc is in mono.
Dialogue was always clear and audio sync was never a problem.
The score is typical Bond and credited to John Barry. It is well chosen, effective and adds nicely to the film without drawing undue attention to itself.
The stereo soundtrack is good and does make good use of both channels on occasion. I noted one example for you which can be found at 4:17-4:29. In this example, the evil laughter in Scaramanga's "Fun House" moves between the left and right channels. There were no pops or clicks and the effects were nicely matched to the action. All in all a solid effort.
The subwoofer was not called upon at all.
|Surround Channel Use|
The teaser trailer has an aspect ratio of 1.66:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. Quality wise, it isn't the best. The audio is quite shrill and the colour is distorted somewhat.
The release trailer is 16x9 enhanced with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. There are quite a few film artefacts and the colour is a little faded but the quality is acceptable and certainly better than that of the teaser trailer.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Loewe Xemix 5006DD, using RGB output|
|Display||Grundig MW82-50/8. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Mains and Rears: Tannoy Mercury M1. Centre: Tannoy Mercury MC. Subwoofer: Polk Audio PSW-120|