The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000)

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Released 11-Jul-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Featurette-Spotlight On Location
Theatrical Trailer
Production Notes
Biographies-Cast & Crew
DVD-ROM Extras
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 88:00
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (49:39) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Des McAnuff
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Rene Russo
Jason Alexander
Randy Quaid
Kel Mitchell
Kenan Thompson
Piper Perabo
Robert De Niro
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $36.95 Music Mark Mothersbaugh


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
German
Czech
Dutch
Polish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is the big screen return after nearly forty years of the famous cartoon moose and squirrel.

    Rocky and Bullwinkle have been stuck in re-runs since their show was cancelled and their arch enemies Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro), Boris (Jason Alexander) and Natasha (Rene Russo) have been out of work since the fall of the iron curtain. All their lives have become quite monotonous until Fearless Leader devises a plan to break through to the real world. Once there with Boris and Natasha he plans to take over the United States by broadcasting moronic programming on cable TV, turning the population into moronic zombie slaves. To defeat Fearless Leader and stop his evil plan, the FBI puts Agent Karen Sympathy (Piper Perabo) onto the case. Karen manages to bring Rocky and Bullwinkle into the real world and they set off to defeat Fearless Leader.

    Before watching this film I could easily state that I had never seen Robert De Niro in a bad film. Unfortunately, after watching this movie I will never be able to say that again. I absolutely hated this film and found it extremely difficult to watch. This was very disappointing, as I was a fan of the original show but the constant terrible puns from all the actors (and not just Rocky and Bullwinkle) combined with corny acting was too much to take.

    After talking with other people who have seen the film it appears that this film will definitely polarize audiences. If you were never a fan of the cartoon show I cannot imagine that you would enjoy this movie. If you were a fan of the TV series you still may find this film very annoying, but I do know some people who really did like this film. I would suggest that if you were a big fan of the show that you rent a copy of this movie before purchasing it to determine what your opinion of the movie is.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    Other than the material presented the viewer could have no complaints with this transfer.

    The movie is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is consistently sharp and shows excellent levels of detail at all times. During the dark scenes high levels of shadow detail are constantly visible. At no stage was any low level noise detected.

    Colours are consistently accurate and vibrant in both the real and animated worlds.

    At no stage were any MPEG artefacts detected during the transfer.

    On a small number of occasions during the transfer, aliasing is visible. Some examples of this can be seen at 9:34, 22:14, 25:16, 43:24 and 45:22. Due to their short duration and infrequent occurrence, these artefacts are not disruptive to the viewer.

    A tiny number of film artefacts are visible during the transfer and are unlikely to be detected by most viewers.

    English, German, Czech, Dutch and Polish subtitles are included on this transfer. I extensively sampled the English subtitles and found them to be accurate at all times.

    The layer change occurs at 49:39 part way through Chapter 11 during a scene cut, and is only slightly disruptive to the viewer.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    Two audio tracks are provided on this disc. I listened to the English Dolby Digital 5.1 384 kbps track but also sampled the German Dolby Digital 5.1 384 kbps track.

    The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand at all times.

    No dropouts or issues with audio sync were detected at any stage during the transfer.

    The score provided suits the on-screen action well and draws obvious influence from the original cartoon series.

    The surround channels are used extensively throughout the transfer and provide an enveloping soundstage. Strong rear channel separation is evident at numerous points in the mix. The subwoofer channel is used throughout to support effects and the music.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Menu

    The animated menu is 16x9 enhanced and has also been encoded with 4x3 pan and scan information. As a result of this, both 16x9 viewers and 4x3 viewers, including letterbox, are presented with a full screen menu.

Featurette: Spotlight On Location (24:33)

   This is a typical promotional featurette combining cast and crew interviews with footage from the film. It is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with clips from the movie presented at varying ratios between 1.66:1 and 1.85:1.

Theatrical Trailer (2:29)

   This trailer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced. An English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track along with English and German subtitles are presented.

Production Notes

   10 pages of production notes are included that provide some information about the development of this movie.

Cast and Crew Biographies

   Two pages of information and a select filmography are provided for Rene Russo, Jason Alexander, Randy Quail, Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Piper Perabo, Robert De Niro and director Des McAnuff.

DVD-ROM Features

   A Rocky and Bullwinkle-themed version of screenfriends software is provided on the disc. This software provides an animated character with speech recognition technology that allows you to launch programs and perform other actions with voice commands. Also included on the disc is William Hjortsberg's script for Legend Of Darkness that later went on to be reworked for the film Legend. As this does not relate to the main feature at all I assume that this was included on the disc by mistake.

R4 vs R1

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;

    My preference would be for the R1 version due to the inclusion of a DTS track but if this is not important to you then the R4 version would be quite acceptable.

Summary

    The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle is a film that may be enjoyed by some fans of the original show.

    Both the video and audio transfer presented on this DVD are excellent and are near reference quality.

    The minimal extras included on the disc provide little information on the film but are better than nothing.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Tuesday, July 17, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using S-Video output
DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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