28 Days: Collector's Edition (2000)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-City
Isolated Musical Score
Audio Commentary-B Thomas (Dir),R Gibbs (Mus),P Teschner (Ed) et al
Featurette-Santa Cruz-The Soap Within 28 Days (24:30)
Notes-How To Make A Gum Wrapper Chain
Featurette-HBO Making Of-28 Days Moment By Moment (15:01)
Deleted Scenes-3 (5:01)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Theatrical Trailer-1.85:1, non-16x9, Dolby Digital 5.1 448Kb/s (1:32)
Music Video-2 (3:49)
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (69:35)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Betty Thomas|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Isolated Music Score Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
German Audio Commentary
Dutch Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
At first, rehab seems like a bit of nightmare and a bad joke, as Gwen doesn't believes there is anything wrong with getting drunk and having a good time, but as the withdrawal symptoms kick in and the flashbacks of her mother drinking herself to death start, she realizes that maybe there is.
There is some great comedy mixed in with the serious content of this movie. There are no in-your-face judgements on alcoholism or drugs, which is a nice change. The story is more about Gwen finding a way to deal with life.
The picture detail and sharpness is excellent. There are, however, quite a few intentionally blurry scenes in this movie. By far the most noticeable of these is at 30:35 - 30:51. Some edge ringing was noticed in several scenes, such as at 15:16 - 15:20, 21:18 and 31:20. There also appears to have been some minor edge enhancement applied to the transfer, but for most of the movie it is not noticeable. Detail in the shadows looked natural and visually pleasing. No low-level noise was noticed.
The colour is always rich and vibrant, with good skin tones throughout. The exception to this is during Gwen's flashbacks, which are deliberately colour skewed, pixelated and of a lower resolution. Of course, none of these are transfer-induced faults as these effects were intended.
Most of the indoor scenes suffer from some minor grain. The two most noticeable examples occur at 1:41 and 37:37 - 37:59. All of the outdoor scenes were grain free as far as I could tell. Even at its worst, this grain does not disrupt the foreground picture, so overall it is trivial and I suspect that only projector owners will be aware of its presence.
No MPEG artefacts were noticed. No aliasing or moiré effects were noticed, which is pretty impressive considering the sharpness of the picture.
Film artefacts are extremely rare and minor. I actually only saw three for the entire movie, but I guess there might be one or two more in there that I missed.
This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change occurring at 69:35 in Chapter 22 on a scene change. There is a audible and visible pause, but it is well placed, so it doesn't really disrupt the flow of the movie.
It is fantastic to see that the main soundtracks use 448Kb/s bitstreams, which I am all for and I wish that all Distributors would use 448Kb/s streams instead of 384Kb/s streams. But, with the number of audio tracks on this disc I feel that the Isolated Music Score should have been a 192Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack instead. This would have left another 256Kb/s for the video bitstream, which probably wouldn't have produced any noticeable increase in picture quality, but it just seems to me to be a waste of valuable bitstream space to have an Isolated Music Score at 448Kb/s.
The dialogue was clear, easy to understand and well integrated into the front soundstage throughout the entire movie. No audio sync problems were noticed.
Richard Gibbs' musical score suits the movie.
The surround channels were lightly used for effects and music. There are a couple of enveloping sequences but these are few and far between. The soundstage did not collapse into the centre channel at any time and there is good stereo separation in the front left and right speakers, which creates a nice open soundstage. We must remember that this is a largely dialogue-driven movie and the sound mix reflects this.
There are not many sequences that require the subwoofer, but when it is needed it is there. Two scenes that are definitely enhanced by its presence are 3:34 - 3:57 and 90:26 - 90:50.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video transfer of this movie is very good, with only a few trivial problems.
Overall the audio is very good, with no transfer-induced faults. The lack of surround use is the only thing that reduces its rating, but this is a dialogue-driven movie, so I personally don't have any complaints with the main soundtrack.
There is a very good selection of extras present.
|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)|