Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie (1997)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Sided||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Mel Smith|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
German for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
So how does Mr Bean translate from the small screen to the big one? Well, I have mixed feelings about this. I remember seeing this movie at the cinema and being quite unimpressed - I felt it was overlong, too Americanised, not funny enough, and Mr Bean spoke far too much for my liking. Second time around, on DVD, I found that I enjoyed it considerably more. I still only got a few chuckles out of it, but it dragged far less than in the cinema.
The situation around which this comedy is hung is that Mr Bean is a security guard for a British art gallery. He is by far their worst employee, but the gallery is in a position where they cannot sack him. However, they are able to send him to America for three months to accompany the return of the painting of Whistler's Mother to an American gallery. Mr Bean gets into many, many unfortunate situations, some funnier than others, and the ending is too syrupy-sweet but overall I was moderately entertained.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. The flip side of the DVD carries Full Frame version of the movie.
The transfer was quite sharp and clear. Shadow detail was good in the few dark scenes.
The colours were quite vivid and highly saturated throughout this transfer as a result of the production design. They are well rendered on the DVD, with never a trace of chroma noise or colour bleeding.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of trivial aliasing in a few scenes. Film artefacts were quite few and far between.
Dialogue was always clear and easily understood, however, this movie suffers from some very slipshod ADR work, with individual lines going in and out of sync, and sound quality changing from line to line. This significantly improved in the latter half of the movie.
The music is a combination of suitable comedy music and old standards, and appropriately offsets the on-screen action.
The surround channels were used for music and for some limited effects and ambience, creating a surprisingly enveloping soundfield. I really didn't expect much from the rear channels in this movie, and whilst there wasn't a lot, there was a lot more surround presence than I expected.
The .1 channel was used to support the music and the odd special effect.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on;
The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;
Music Video-I Love L.A.-OMC
There is no contest here - the Region 4 is the version of choice by virtue of its 16x9 enhancement.
The video quality is of high quality with only trivial problems.
The audio quality is of acceptable quality, but the sloppy ADR work is disappointing with lines in-and-out of sync, especially in the first half of the movie.
The extras are very limited.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|