The Beach (Rental) (2000)
|Category||Drama||Theatrical Trailer-1.70:1 non-16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Danny Boyle|
Twentieth Century Fox
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, during|
There are some wonderful truths uttered by Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Richard. My favourite is his closing statement, which I will not spoil for you. Another other favourite is "We all travel thousands of miles just to watch TV and check into somewhere with all the comforts of home. You've got to ask yourself - what is the point of that?"
The transfer is extremely clear and sharp at all times, with no low-level noise present. Shadow detail is exemplary, however I would suggest you watch this movie in a room with controlled ambient light so that all the picture detail can be seen. This is especially important for the opening night scenes in Bangkok.
There appears to be have been some mild edge enhancement used. For most of the film you cannot see it, but it is there. The first scene where I noted it was at 10:20.
The colour was exemplary - beautifully saturated, rich and vibrant.
Only three trivial instances of grain were noticed, at 47:22, 77:27 and 87:38. Otherwise, this DVD appears to be totally free of any grain, which really made it a pleasure to watch this film on a big screen.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Another astounding thing about this transfer is the total lack of aliasing. I saw no aliasing whatsoever throughout the entire course of the transfer, an amazing feat on the part of the DVD's authors.
Apart from one medium-sized film scratch at 45:27, there are only a handful of tiny and totally inconsequential film artefact specks.
Note that this disc is a single-sided, single-layered disc, not a dual layered disc as stated on the packaging.
The dialogue was extremely clear and easy to understand throughout the entire movie. Virginie Ledoyen's French-accented English was a little hard to understand on a couple of occasions, but that's hardly a transfer fault.
Audio sync was not a problem at all with this transfer. I did notice a couple of occurrences of looping or dialogue replacement, but these were minor and inconsequential.
Angelo Badalamenti's musical score is wonderful, and really enhances the film's presence.
The surround channels were aggressively used on many occasions for music and ambience. They also get used for some subtle and occasionally not-so-subtle effects, including a couple of directional/split rear effects. Sound placement is excellent and great use is made of the front soundstage. For some surround sound highlights check out 8:30, 13:13, 26:26, 50:48, 59:40, 80:38 and 87:44.
The subwoofer use is excellent, and this is one of the best soundtracks I have heard in this respect for a non-action movie. The subwoofer is continually used to subtly add bass to most scenes and is highly active during many of the dramatic scenes. Some great examples can be found at 00:55 - 3:00, 13:13, 14:20, 19:39 and 88:57.
|Surround Channel Use|
The Chapter Selections are beautifully laid out and have a quick access index.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The picture quality is superb, and would have been reference quality if it weren't for some minor edge enhancement.
The audio quality is superb.
The extras content is very poor.
|DVD||Sony DVP-725, using Component output|
|Display||Sony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|