Hard Rain (Remastered) (1997)
|Year Of Production||1997|
|Running Time||92:59 (Case: 123)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Mikael Salomon|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Hard Rain is a lacklustre heist/chase film that has no brains, not much of a plot and certainly nothing to make it at all watchable.
Christian Slater stars as Tom, an armoured truck driver doing the last cash collection before a town is evacuated due to rising flood water. Morgan Freeman plays the leader of a pack of robbers who plan to steal the booty once the truck gets stuck in the flood, and Randy Quaid plays the corrupt small town sheriff who wants the money for himself. There are plenty of other poor performances here as well - let's not forget about Minnie Driver as the damsel in distress and The Golden Girls' Betty White playing the ass-kickin' old lady who is too defiant and/or stupid to leave the town regardless of the 12 feet high flood water.
Dotted with boring action scenes, corny dialogue, a flimsy plot, the completely unbelievable rate at which the flood water is rising, and more bullets than The Matrix, Saving Private Ryan and Hot Shots put together, Hard Rain is one of the worst films I have seen in a really long time.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness of this film is very precise with fantastic shadow detail and rich blacks throughout the feature. With much of the film taking place at night, the clarity of the transfer and definition of the picture on-screen is immaculate. At times, there looks as if there is quite a bit of grain about, but I found that mostly this is actually the film's rain effects.
As mentioned above, the film is deliberately dark so there is not a lot of colour on show, but the palette is solid all the way through the film's 90 minutes. Often there are dark shots where a coloured light will flash onto the screen or the scene will be backlit - all of the colours in these shots are strong and come up on your display device beautifully. There are some scenes in the third act that take place in a church - at this point, the colours are strong and vibrant.
There were no MPEG artefacts to be seen and aliasing was very mild when it did infrequently occur. There are constant negative film artefacts present throughout. While none of them are huge scratches, the constant appearance of them becomes annoying after a while.
There is an English subtitle track present on this disc. I watched about 15 minutes of the track and found it to be a heavily simplified version of the dialogue on screen.
This is a single layered disc.
The surrounds are used surprisingly well despite this disc's 2.0 treatment. They have constant rain sound effects through the channels, and work very well with a very strong signal.
The subwoofer does not get used very much at all.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are minimal extras.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This remastered Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
The original Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;
The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;
There is no clear winner here, as each version of this film has its own unique shortcomings or critical issues. It is up to you to decide which version suits you best, but for my money after viewing this version and hearing the impressive 2.0 Surround soundtrack, I would give this remastered version the nod over its NTSC non 16x9 Enhanced brother from the US of A.
The video transfer is very good.
The audio transfer works well with what it is given.
The extras are minimal.
|DVD||Sony DVP-S525, using Component output|
|Display||Loewe Xelos (81cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-DS797- THX Select|
|Speakers||Jamo X550 Left and Right, Jamo X5CEN Centre, Jamo X510 Surround|