In Too Deep (1999)
Dolby Digital Trailer-Egypt
|Year Of Production||1999|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Michael Rymer|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
LL Cool J
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Presented in an aspect of 2.35:1, this transfer is 16x9 enhanced. A pretty fine effort this is too, being sharp throughout with no traces of edge enhancement. Some of the close-ups of the actors show exquisite skin detail. Grain is almost non-existent and though there are several dark scenes, they are handled effortlessly with complete blacks and no low level noise.
Apart from some slight oversaturation of red on the taillights of several cars, the colour palette in this transfer is superb with many varied shades of a multitude of colours. Apart from the taillights, there are no other oversaturation or bleeding problems.
I noticed no MPEG artefacts and even though I was trying very hard, I was unable to spot any instances of aliasing. Only a handful of film artefacts were present, most being the usual small blotches and nicks, though one at 6:28 appeared to be a long scratch or hair running vertically down most of the left side of the screen.
There is only one subtitle option to chose from, these being English for the Hearing Impaired. They are quite good, with the text nicely placed near the person who is talking at the time. They are also quite accurate.
This is a single sided, single layered disc. As such, there is no layer change to navigate.
There is only one soundtrack present, that being an English Dolby Digital 5.1 effort. It shows the benefits of being a relatively youthful film with a quite fine 5.1 audio presentation.
Dialogue is pretty difficult to understand at times, given how quickly the actors speak and given that some of the lingo that they actually use goes way over my head. I found that when viewing with the subtitles on, a whole new world of 'yo brother' this and 'go girl' that opened up to me. Despite the difficulty at times understanding the dialogue, there is no problem with the way the actual dialogue is presented and there are no audio sync problems.
The musical score is heavy on the rap music which suits the culture being portrayed beautifully.
The surround channels are used sparingly. Some of the highlighted use is at 27:48, at 68:19 during a rainstorm, and at 79:50 during a shootout.
Subwoofer use is quite extensive. Much of its use is to support the rap music, particularly during the introductory credits and at 21:00-21:22.
|Surround Channel Use|
In Too Deep is a watchable action thriller that doesn't pretend to set any lofty heights for itself. The cast try hard (LL Cool J tries that bit too hard on occasion). There is a bit of a cop-out ending and one which I thought wasn't really developed in terms of plot all that well. It appears almost as if the scriptwriter had another assignment to work on and needed to wrap this one up.
The video and audio presentations are well above average, although the whole package is let down by the lack of extras.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10|