Olsen Twins-Billboard Dad (1998) (NTSC)

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Released 27-Nov-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Family Filmographies-Cast
Listing-Cast & Crew
Trailer-Mary-Kate and Ashley Videocassette / DVD Collection
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1998
Running Time 88:55 (Case: 87)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4 Directed By Alan Metter
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen
Tom Amandes
Jessica Tuck
Carl Banks
Ellen Ratner
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI ? Music David, Michael Frank


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Spanish
French
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Billboard Dad is a film about two young girls who place a singles advertisement on a Hollywood billboard looking for a partner for their father.

    Tess (Mary-Kate Olsen) and Emily Tyler (Ashley Olsen) are two young twins who live in California with their father Max (Tom Amandes). Two years after the death of their mother, Tess and Emily realize that their father is extremely depressed and unable to move on in his life. Believing that he must meet a new woman, the twins place a large personal advertisement on a prominent Hollywood billboard without his knowledge. Hundreds of responses are received and Max goes out on a number of disastrous dates. On his final date, Max meets Brooke (Jessica Tuck) and it seems the two are made for each other until the twins discover that Brooke's son is their arch-rival.

    This straight-to-video release was obviously produced on a relatively small budget and it holds no real surprises for viewers with a predictable script and average performances. Unfortunately, there is very little about the film that will appeal to most viewers.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The full frame NTSC transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

    The transfer is quite soft throughout but during most of the interior scenes the image is notably sharper. During the occasional dark scene, the shadow detail displayed is average but is adequate. No low-level noise was detected during the transfer.

    The colour palette displayed during the film is always slightly muted but this appears to be due to the original source material and is not a fault of the transfer.

    The image constantly had small MPEG artefacts present, but these are all very minor and this problem with the transfer is only minimally annoying. It is due to the presence of obvious film grain throughout the transfer.

    A number of aliasing artefacts may be seen throughout the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 2:30, 4:01, 4:49, 7:28 and 8:37. Due to their frequency, these artefacts are moderately disturbing.

    As previously mentioned, the transfer displays obvious grain throughout which is moderately irritating. A number of minor film artefacts may be seen throughout the transfer with examples visible at 2:13, 2:25, 8:49, 10:13 and 11:38. These artefacts are slightly distracting.

    Three sets of white subtitles are included on this disc in addition to a set of English closed captions. I extensively sampled the English subtitle stream and found this to be consistently accurate.

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Audio

    English, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 192 kbps 2.0 surround soundtracks are included on this disc. I listened to the English track in full and briefly sampled the Spanish and French soundtracks.

    The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times. No dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected at any time during the transfer.

    The score by David Michael Frank suits the on-screen action but never draws attention to itself.

    The surround channel was used minimally throughout to support the score and occasional effects but never draws attention to itself.

    The LFE channel was not utilized during the transfer.

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Extras

Menu

    The non-animated menu is presented at an aspect ratio of either 1.78:1 or 1.33:1 depending upon player setup.

Cast and Crew Information

    This is a single page listing the roles for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and major crew members.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Video Highlights

    This is a six-page filmography for Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Videocassette / DVD Collection Trailer (1:35)

    This is a collection of short previews for the various DVD and VHS titles that are available in Region 1 staring Mary-Kate and Ashley.

R4 vs R1

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

    This version is the same disc as previously released in Region 1.

Summary

    Billboard Dad is a predictable film that is unable to escape its low budget and direct-to-video release origins.

    The NTSC transfer is adequate but it does display numerous artefacts that are moderately distracting.

    The basic 2.0 surround soundtrack is adequate for the material presented.

    The small collection of extras contains little real information about the film but does include an extensive filmography.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Wednesday, December 04, 2002
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