2001: A Space Travesty (2000) (NTSC)

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Released 13-Aug-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Trailer-Bicentennial Man; Big Daddy; Evolution
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 98:01
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,4 Directed By Alan A., Goldstein
Studio
Distributor
Jeffrey Konvitz FG
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Leslie Nielsen
Ophelie Winter
Alexandra Kaamp
Peter Egan
Damian Mason
Ezio Greggio
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $36.95 Music Claude Foisy


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement Yes, Very Mildly
Action In or After Credits Yes, A Cavalcade of Farts!!

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Plot Synopsis

    What do you say about Leslie Nielsen? He has been involved in some of the best slapstick films of all time, yet somehow, when he plays the same role with the same gags in another film, it just isn't funny anymore...why is this the case?

    There is no doubt that the Naked Gun films are classics. Easily the best of their genre, they still stand the test of time, and play very well, even by today's standards. Why? The David Zucker theory paid off in these cases- "Throw as many jokes on the page as you can, and some of them will work". Sadly, not all slapstick films are successful using this method, and therefore, I guess we cannot blame Leslie Nielsen for delivering bad films, it is more the writers and directors that deserve most of our wrath. With this in mind, my main problem with this film, 2001: A Space Travesty, is that there were simply too many jokes- the opening sequence alone has such a "set 'em up and knock 'em down" feel that the movie never really had a chance to build any credibility.

    Come to think of it, The Naked Gun 2.5 was the last slapstick film that was any good. With some absolute shockers being released since, like Wrongfully Accused and the awful Rat Race last year, one has to wonder how much longer we will be subjected to these disgraceful pieces of cinema. With the lousy box office taking that Rat Race delivered, maybe even slapstick genius, David Zucker may have to find a new niche.

    2001: A Space Travesty is a fairly appropriate name for this film. I guess that if you were in the correct frame of mind and partially drunk, you may enjoy pieces of this film, but for the most part, it is pretty sad. Nielsen play Dick Dix (boom-boom) - some sort of intergalactic agent who is sent to the planet Vega along with the stunning Ms Menage (French singer Ophelie Winter) to rescue President Clinton who has been kidnapped by aliens. As is the case with these films, the plot really does not matter too much as it is the frequency and quality of the gags that makes us watch the movie. There are a couple of decent jokes hidden in this film, but consider that the writers have delved to such depths that some of the leading characters were named Dix, Menage, S***zu, Pratt, Kunstler and Wickernuts - it gives you pretty good idea of what we are dealing with here...

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Transfer Quality

Video

   The video transfer of this film is flawed, but is still more watchable than the film itself. Its main problems are its lack of definition on screen and some film-to-video artefacts. This disc is NTSC, so before you purchase this disc you should make sure that your display device can handle NTSC video.

    The feature has been 'formatted to fit your screen' which unfortunately means that it has been given the Pan & Scan treatment. Therefore, it is not 16x9 enhanced.
    
    The main problem with this transfer is its lack of sharpness and evidence of grain. There is a LOT of fine grain evident throughout the film with the worst cases to be found around 15:53, 44:56 and 57:34. While these are the worst cases, there is a fine grain and unclear picture for most of the film - it has a very soft look. There are also some instances of heavy edge enhancement, with the most noticeable being at 17:40, 21:00 and 21:27. There were no specific problems with shadow detail or low level noise.

    The colours in the transfer are very consistent. There are no colour-related artefacts in the feature. The planet Vega has a lot of primary colours and they are strong and constant at all times.

    There are no MPEG artefacts to be found, but plenty of film-to-video artefacts in the form of aliasing with some examples at 5:45, 6:33, 17:00, 19:53, 20:39, 22:00, 24:34, 50:19, 57:32 and 60:51. Because this is an NTSC transfer, we are open to seeing one of the most objectionable DVD artefacts - the NTSC '3:2 pull-down' or 'judder'. There are a lot of examples of 3:2 in this transfer with some of the many examples being found at 7:40, 17:20, 50:13.

    I watched about 30 minutes of the film with the English subtitles on, and they were adequately matched with the dialogue on screen. There are no other subtitles recorded here.

    This is a single layer disc.

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Audio

     This audio transfer is a very solid effort and delivers all channels very well.

    There is one audio track recorded on this disc, an adequate English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand for the most part, although at times it was significantly drowned out by the music and other sound effects. There were no problems with audio sync.

    The musical score by Claude Foisy is fairly lacklustre. It is not incredibly memorable and does not add anything to the picture.

    The surround channels are used very well throughout.

    Like the surround channels, the subwoofer gets used well when it is needed, and is quite effective.

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Extras

 

Menu

    This menu is a static shot of Leslie Nielsen taken from the front cover.
 

Theatrical Trailer - Evolution

    Running for 2:09, this trailer is transferred in a ratio of 1.80:1, and is 16x9 Enhanced. It is easily the best trailer presented here.
 

Theatrical Trailer- Bicentennial Man

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, this trailer for Bicentennial Man runs for 2:51 and does not want to make me watch the film again.

Theatrical Trailer- Big Daddy

Presented in a ratio of 1.33:1, this trailer runs for 2:33 and did not play in Australian theatres. It still shows the same tired jokes that the other trailers showed.

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:     These discs are essentially identical, as you might expect - when we get an NTSC transfer it is probably a duplicate of the R1. The inherent saving probably makes the local release the version of choice.

Summary

     2001: A Space Travesty is not a very good film. It suffers from dated material, and is shoddily made to boot.

    The video quality is flawed and to make matters worse, it has been cropped from its original ratio.

    The audio quality is decent but not without its problems.

    The extras are not very exciting.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Hugh Fotheringham (what the hell is going on in bio??)
Monday, September 09, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-S525, using Component output
DisplayLoewe Xelos (81cm) 16:9. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS797- THX Select
SpeakersJamo X550 Left and Right, Jamo X5CEN Centre, Jamo X510 Surround

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what is this..an NTSC invasion - DarkEye (This bio says: Death to DNR!)
The NTSC Travesty - Rod W (Suss out my biography if you dare)