Twin Town (1997)

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Released 2-Aug-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 94:54
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Kevin Allen
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Rhys Ifans
Llyr Ifans
Dorien Thomas
Dougray Scott
Huw Ceredig
Case ?
RPI $19.95 Music Mark Thomas


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes, plenty of dope smoking
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    What happens when you cross crazy, juvenile, doped up twin brothers with the local pair of crooked cops, and a shifty businessman? It gets even more exciting when you throw in 40,000 quid worth of heroin into the mix. Did I forget to mention this was a Welsh film? Oh, well, you will find out soon enough while you are straining to work out what the heck is being said! It would also seem that all Welsh people in Swansea swear outrageously - extrapolation from about half an hour's tallying leads me to believe that there are approximately 250 instances of the "F" word in Twin Town. This is certainly not a movie for the more expletive-sensitive viewer.

    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.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video presentation on this disc is quite good, given the fact that it is highly compressed. The 94-minute running time is squashed into a mere 3.9Gb (less than a full layer)!

    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.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    The audio quality of this transfer is certainly serviceable but nothing to get the house rocking.

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

    There are no extras on this disc.

Scene Selection

    Woohoo!

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    I was unable to find a this disc in R1. I could not find a R2 review either, but judging by the specs it is identical to the local release.

Summary

    Twin Town is presented on a technically adequate DVD with one major video flaw. Aside from this, the movie is often dark, sometimes comical, always quirky, and full-to-the-brim with expletives. If you are Welsh, or interested in "One of the best Welsh films of all time" please go right ahead. But be warned, approach it with an open mind!

    The video quality is good, excepting some nasty pixelisation.

    The audio quality is satisfactory.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Cameron Rochester (read my bio)
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer 106S DVD-ROM with PowerDVD 4.0 scaling to 864p, using RGB output
DisplayMitsubishi VS-1281E CRT front projector on custom 16x9 screen (270cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony SDP-E800. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification5x100WRMS Monoblocks.
SpeakersAll 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)

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