Twin Town (1997)
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Kevin Allen|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.75:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||None||Smoking||Yes, plenty of dope smoking|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Terrible twins Julian and Jeremy Lewis (real life brothers Llyr and Rhys Ifans) are a pair of drop-out, good for nothing dope heads, intent on causing as much trouble in the small town of Swansea as they can possibly manage. They do this through whatever means possible, but mostly they have a penchant for stealing high performance cars. Oh, they also seem fairly adept at making bongs. Local crooked cops Greyo (Dorien Thomas) and Terry (Dougray Scott) turn a blind eye to the behaviour of the twins . . . for a while at least. While repairing the roof at the local entrepreneur's establishment, Fatty Lewis (Huw Ceredig) falls off a ladder and does himself some damage. The twins go knocking on Cartwright's (William Thomas) door, demanding compensation for their father's injuries. Cartwright emphatically refuses, annoying the twins no end and really playing against their strong family ties.
From this point on the movie spirals into an interesting revenge saga with a somewhat unexpected end. This movie is very 'black', dark, and edgy - do not expect a quiet ride. I think it is recommended, but I have not managed to make my mind up yet.
The feature is presented in the 16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.75:1.
Sharpness and shadow detail are good throughout with no major problems. There is always plenty of detail on hand. I did not notice any low-level noise whatsoever.
This is a rather drab and grey film, both by artistic design, and due to the unsavoury Welsh weather. However, this does not mean that there is no colour - where necessary it is very well saturated.
The major problem with this transfer is the onset of some nasty pixelisation artefacts that break up the entire screen for a short period between scene changes. This can be seen around 19:56 and is due to the high levels of compression. Fortunately, I did not notice any other pixelisation, aside from a few instances early on in the feature (I counted three). There are no major aliasing or film artefacts.
There are no subtitles on this disc.
As mentioned earlier, this is a single layer disc.
There is only one English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track, encoded at 224kbps, on this disc.
Dialogue is well presented throughout. This does not necessarily mean that you will be able to understand a word being said, as the Welsh accents are VERY thick. I did not notice any problems with audio sync.
Music is primarily from the contemporary stable. It suited the movie quite well.
There is very little surround activity on this disc. Indeed, the only memorable surround activity occurs during the opening sequence.
The subwoofer receives a little re-directed bass on occasion.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is good, excepting some nasty pixelisation.
The audio quality is satisfactory.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output|
|Display||Mitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Sony SDP-E800. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||All matching Vifa Drivers: centre 2x6.5" + 1" tweeter (d'appolito); fronts and rears 6.5" + 1" tweeter; centre rear 5" + 1" tweeter; sub 10" (150WRMS)|