Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
|Year Of Production||1993|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Duwayne Dunham|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The film is overly nice, like all Disney films. It is full of corny lines, although the voice actors have done a superb job, especially Michael J. Fox, who has the some of the best lines in the movie. The other non-voice actors' performances are completely forgettable. You may wish to know that I despise most non-animated Disney films because they are so templated and unoriginal, and unfortunately this film does fit into that category.
The film's storyline goes something like this: The Perfect Family has to move temporarily but cannot take their two dogs and a cat with them. So, the family leaves the pets with a friend who has a farm. The pets escape due to Shadow the dog having a bad feeling about the situation. They then embark upon the journey of their lives across the wild countryside back to their home. Meanwhile, the Perfect Family is worried sick. The film has a happy ending like all Disney films and you should not waste your time with it unless you are under the age of ten or have kids under that age.
Homeward Bound is presented in the non-original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is rather undefined with only average sharpness exhibited throughout the film. The film's brightness level is very low for the most part, especially in the forest scenes which makes shadow details virtually indistinguishable. No low level noise was visible. One problem spotted was the brightness level fluctuating between 48:16 and 48:24. This was very annoying and just shows the carefree attitude taken when this transfer was being created.
The colour was satisfactory but was nothing to write home about. It was neither vibrant nor bright for sustained periods. Some chroma noise was exhibited. This occurred in scenes where the blue sky comprised a large percentage of the picture.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Telecine wobble was apparent at 00:16. No aliasing was present. Film artefacts were rife throughout the feature and at times did interfere with the image since some big scratches and spots were shown.
The English subtitles defaulted to on.
There are five audio tracks on this DVD. The default is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded track. There are also French, Italian, Dutch and Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded tracks. I listened to the English track.
Dialogue was clear at all times since 90% of it has just been looped over the video. Audio synchronization was a bit troublesome with a couple of problematic scenes at 14:48 and 37:05.
The score by Bruce Broughton was very Disney-oriented and just followed the movie, with little variation. It was either a triumphant style or a sad style of music. It fitted within the Disney formula for family film music.
The surround channel was hardly used. The only effects that it expelled were bird sounds and some ambient effects. The subwoofer was used occasionally to support the music, which sounded good.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Toshiba 34N9UXA. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Yamaha CX-600 Pre-Amp, Yamaha MX-600 Stereo Power Amp for Mains, Yamaha DSP-E300 for Center, Teac AS-M50 for Surrounds.|
|Speakers||Main Left and Right Acoustic Research AR12s, Center Yamaha NS-C70, Surround Left and Right JBL Control 1s|