Unfaithful (Rental) (2002)
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|Year Of Production||2002|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Adrian Lyne|
Twentieth Century Fox
|RPI||Rental||Music||Jan A.P Kaczmarek|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Edward and Connie Sumner (Richard Gere and Diane Lane) are married with a son outside New York City. One day, Connie travels to NYC and meets Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez), a sexy young man who she gradually falls for, beginning a sexually charged affair. The film revolves around the effect that this affair has on the relationship of Edward and Connie as Edward slowly discovers what is going on.
Diane Lane is very impressive as Connie. She shows a very wide range of emotions and does not hold back in her very open performance. Other performances however are fairly wooden, and Erik Per Sullivan (Malcolm In The Middle) rates as almost the most annoying young person to be put on screen since the kid from Liar, Liar.
Did I like watching Unfaithful? Hell, no! I hated watching this film. Was it a good film? Hell, yes! I could not stand watching it because of how uncomfortable it made me feel. Gracefully done, Lyne gets under our skin and shows the more subtle glimpses of passion as he focuses on hand movements, gestures and looks rather than the usual 'rip off all your clothes and show them bonking on screen for five minutes' fare usually found in this genre.
Despite my enjoyment of Unfaithful, plenty of people have come out of this film feeling a little unsatisfied as the film ends on a fairly nondescript note. However, if you enjoy the ride while it lasts, and are watching Lyne's engaging direction, then you just might find the same amount of enjoyment in this film as I did.
The transfer is presented in a ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The image on screen is perfectly crisp and clear throughout. There is some very light grain, but none worse than at 101:10. Otherwise, the shadow definition and the appearance of characters' faces and scene backgrounds is perfect.
Colours are rock steady throughout the film without any artefacts worthy mentioning. The colours ranges from bright greens to rich blacks with a very autumn coloured palette to the film.
There were no MPEG artefacts to be seen here, and no film to video artefacts worthy of note either. There are some very mild film artefacts, with the worst example being at 101:03.
I watched about 15 minutes of the English subtitles. I found them to be fairly accurate to the spoken word, with just a few words omitted for pacing, but nothing too distracting.
This is a single layer disc.
There is only one audio track available on this disc, an English 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack running at 448 kb/s.
The dialogue quality is brilliant throughout with a very strong and resonant sound apparent for the entire feature. There are no issues with audio synch or any sound dropouts.
A beautifully graceful score by Jan A.P Kaczmarek accompanies this picture. It resonates from all the speakers in the room and envelopes the viewer in the experience.
The surround speakers are very busy during this film. Surprisingly, as the film is more of an emotional piece, the surrounds are heavily used at times- a very nice surprise, and one that is a testament to how well this DVD is produced.
The subwoofer performs when it needs to, but does not get used too much.
|Surround Channel Use|
Both of these scenes are presented in a ratio of 1.85:1 and are 16x9 enhanced.
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:
It is unfair to compare this rental version with the sell-through version from Region 1, but obviously the overseas version is the release of choice. The transfer of the Region 1 disc is reportedly of the same standard as the Region 4 release.
The video transfer is excellent and almost of reference quality.
Likewise, the audio transfer is of the highest standard.
The extras should follow on a sell-through release.
|DVD||Sony DVP-S525, using Component output|
|Display||Loewe Xelos (81cm) 16:9. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||Onkyo TX-DS797- THX Select|
|Speakers||Jamo X550 Left and Right, Jamo X5CEN Centre, Jamo X510 Surround|