Lantana: Special Edition (2001)
Audio Commentary-R. Lawrence (dir.), J. Chapman (prod.), A. Bovell (writer)
Featurette-The Nature of Lantana
Gallery-Photo x 22 Poster x 4
Trailer-International Sales Trailer
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Audio-Only Track-Te Busco by Celia Cruz
Notes-Soundtrack, Screenplay, Websites
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (81:12)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Ray Lawrence|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/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|
Lantana is an interesting Australian film centred around four couples' lives, linked by a series of connected events.
Dr. Valerie Somers (Barbara Hershey) is a psychiatrist who has just released a book dealing with the death of her young daughter. John Knox (Geoffrey Rush) is married to Valerie and is dealing with the death in his own way. Sonja Zat (Kerry Armstrong) is one of Valerie's patients. She is married to Leon (Anthony LaPaglia) a Sydney police officer. Leon has had an affair with Jane (Rachael Blake) who lives next door to Paula (Daniela Farinacci) and Nik (Vince Colosimo). As the film progresses, each of these characters are drawn together, pressure is applied to all their relationships and it becomes clear that everyone has something to hide.
When released, this film received wide critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous IF and AFI awards. The film went on to win seven AFI awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress in addition to five IF awards. This is a very entertaining film with an intelligent script and excellent performances that will appeal to a wide range of viewers.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is consistently sharp throughout and high levels of detail are always visible. No low-level noise was detected at any time during the transfer. During the numerous darkly lit scenes, excellent levels of shadow detail are always visible.
The transfer displays a natural colour palette throughout and it is always vibrant and well saturated. During a scene set in a bar, the lighting produces obvious yellow tones but this is never distracting to the viewer. Almost all scenes during the film utilize natural light sources and this helps to easily reproduce the natural colour palette that is displayed.
No MPEG artefacts were detected during the transfer. A small number of aliasing artefacts were detected during the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 6:26, 8:23, 19:52 and 21:24. All of these artefacts are quite minor and are only slightly distracting to the viewer.
A very small number of film artefacts were detected during the transfer. Some of these artefacts may be seen at 1:41, 18:31, 24:57 and 31:11 but these are all very small and are not distracting to the viewer.
At 4:19, the image appears to skip a couple of frames. This is not distracting and is unlikely to be detected by many viewers.
Disappointingly, no subtitles are provided on this disc.
The layer change occurs at 81:12, part-way through Chapter 14. It is not disruptive to the viewer.
The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand at all times. No dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected at any stage during the transfer.
The effective original score by Paul Kelly always matches the on-screen action without drawing significant attention to itself. In addition to the original score, a considerable amount of Latin music is featured throughout the film.
The surround and subwoofer channels are used throughout the film to create an enveloping soundfield. These channels are used successfully for both the score and numerous directional effects.
|Surround Channel Use|
The animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.
This is a feature-length scene-specific audio commentary with director Ray Lawrence, producer Jan Chapman and writer Andrew Bovell. The commentary is presented as a Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 soundtrack with each of the participants assigned one of the front channels. This commentary discusses each of the characters' roles and their motivations and relationships. Unfortunately, few technical details regarding the film's production are covered during the commentary. Topics including casting, locations and script changes are briefly discussed.
This featurette includes a collection of cast and crew interviews discussing each of the main character's roles and their relationships during the film. The main cast members also discuss how they came to this project and why they wanted the roles. Also included in this featurette is a short tour of one of the film's locations with Kerry Armstrong. Only a small amount of behind the scenes footage and technical information is included in the featurette. This featurette is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.58:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack that is often quite muffled.
This is a collection of twenty-two stills from the film that are presented windowboxed at a 16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.78:1. After the production stills, a collection of four different posters for the film are presented.
This trailer is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced.
This trailer is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced.
Multiple page biographies are included for the following cast and crew members: Ray Lawrence, Jan Chapman, Andrew Bovell, Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey, Kerry Armstrong, Rachael Blake, Glen Robbins, Vince Colosimo, Daniela Farinacci, Leah Purcell, Peter Phelps and Russell Dykstra.
This is a Dolby Digital 2.0 musical track that is presented with a static menu page.
This is a single menu page stating that the screenplay for the film is available from Currency Press.
This is a single menu page stating that the soundtrack for the film is available from EMI Music.
This is a single menu page listing the official websites for the film.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
The additional extras provided on the local release would make this the version of choice but the exclusion of subtitles is extremely disappointing.
Lantana is an excellent Australian film dealing with a group of couples whose lives become irreversibly intertwined.
This is an impressive video transfer that it is only marred by the occasional aliasing artefact.
The impressive enveloping audio mix suits the feature and is consistently of high quality.
The collection of extras included provides some interesting insights into the characters portrayed and their motivations but has little information about the actual making of this film.
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output|
|Display||Sony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Front left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)|
|Speakers||Front left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259|