Thief of Hearts (1984)
|Year Of Production||1984|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Programme|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Douglas Day Stewart|
Paramount Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Thief of Hearts is a rather ordinary and predicable 'midday movie' released on DVD.
Produced by the very successful Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and written and directed by Douglas Day Stewart, this movie looks a lot better on paper than it does on screen. Featuring very 80s music, fashion, and hairstyles, the 'paint by the numbers' plot seems as though it was lifted from a cheap, romantic novel, found in the $2 bin of a book wholesaler: A burglar, Scott (Steven Bauer), robs the home of a couple. One of the items he takes is the wife's, (Barbara Williams'), diary. Scott begins to read the diary and discovers that the wife, Mickey, yearns for a more interesting life. The diary is full of her fantasies and dreams, and soon Scott plans to turn these into reality. Scott uses his inside knowledge to seduce Mickey, and the forbidden romance blossoms.
The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is generally very grainy. While the sharpness is reasonable, the shadow detail is poor throughout. For example, consider the shot of the car interior at 2:25.
The image is quite dark throughout, and the colours often appear aged and blemished with a grey/brownish tint.
MPEG artefacts were not a great problem, but at times the image appeared a little pixelated, and I did notice some slight posterization occasionally, for example at 46:01. Film-to-video artefacts were also not a great problem. There was some mild aliasing, such as the shimmer on the blinds at 43:57, and some slight telecine wobble on occasion. A variety of film artefacts appeared throughout, but most were small.
There are eleven sets of subtitles present, and the English subtitles are accurate.
This is an RSDL disc, but I did not spot the layer change.
Apart from the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, there are also four Dolby Stereo-Surround tracks: French, Italian, Spanish and German.
The dialogue quality and audio sync are generally fine on the English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, but there are a few audio drop-outs.
The musical score is credited to Elizabeth Daily and Harold Faltermeyer, and it is your classic 80s cheesy synthesiser-based score.
The audio is very front-heavy, and the surround presence and activity mainly supports the score, for example at 27:32. The subwoofer does likewise, such as the pulsating bass at 33:32.
|Surround Channel Use|
There are no extras.
A very simple menu, presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. It is static and silent.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This title was released on DVD in Region 1 in April 2002. The two versions are basically the same. I can't say that I would prefer either.
With some work on the script, and some more character development, especially for the one-dimensional supporting characters, this plot might have had some potential. Sadly, it is a good idea wasted on what should have been a made-for-television movie.
The video quality is reasonable for its age.
The audio quality is also reasonable for its age.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-535, using S-Video output|
|Display||Grundig Elegance 82-2101 (82cm, 16x9). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-545|
|Speakers||Sony SS-V315 x5; Sony SA-WMS315 subwoofer|