Rare Birds (Rental) (2001)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Sturla Gunnarsson|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This transfer, which is 16x9 enhanced, has been made in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. I wasn't able to find out the original aspect ratio but I'll venture it was 1.85:1.
While there was no sign of low level noise, and the shadow detail was very good, the most disappointing aspect of this transfer was that it was lacking in sharpness. Note, however, that there was one scene, starting at 18:38, which intentionally used soft focus to distinguish a dream sequence from the rest of the story. There's also some very slight edge enhancement, but this is not frequently apparent.
A very vivid full colour palette is on display in this movie, which makes extensive use of bright colours and beautifully captures the stunningly coastline and rugged landscape of Newfoundland. Unfortunately, there is some colour bleeding which can be seen occasionally such as at 48:40 and 18:45.
Some very subtle aliasing can be seen from time to time if you look really closely. The only significant problem is the quite noticeable pixelization from time to time. I didn't spot a single film artefact.
No subtitles are provided.
As this is a single layer disc so there is no layer change.
Two English audio tracks are provided: the default is Dolby Digital 5.1 and the alternative track is Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded. I listened to the 5.1 track in its entirety and sampled the 2.0 track. The 5.1 audio provides a slightly richer sound and, of course, has the advantage of the dedicated LFE channel which is used to good effect in this sound track.
The dialogue is mostly clear, but the odd word is hard to understand because of the accents. For this reason there are a few times when the subtitles would have been handy.
There were no audio sync problems.
The subtle musical score by Jonathan Goldsmith nicely complemented the story.
All channels are used to generate a 360 degree sound-field to place you right inside the movie. While this is not an action film there are still a number of opportunities available to use directional sound effects and this movie makes the most of these particularly with respect to the front channels.
The subwoofer is used quite effectively on a number of occasions, primarily to accentuate the effect of the sea breaking on the rocks.
|Surround Channel Use|
The extras are limited to just a trailer.
The 1.78:1 aspect ratio menu is 16x9 enhanced and features Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio. No animation is provided.
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:
Since the R4 is a rental only disc at this stage, fans of the movie should hope that when it's released to buy it will contain the additional features of the R1 while keeping the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.
Rare Birds is a quirky comedy that is only likely to appeal to a select audience. If you liked Waking Ned Devine then I'll venture that you'll like this movie too.
The video quality was a disappointing due a number of problems but mostly because of the lack of sharpness..
The audio quality is very good except for some hard-to-understand dialogue.
The extras are limited to a single trailer.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515, using S-Video output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front L&R - B&W DM603, Centre - B&W LCR6, Rear L&R - B&W DM602, Sub - Yamaha YST-SW300|