Accidental Hero (Hero) (1992)

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Released 11-Jan-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Theatrical Trailer-1.33:1 non-16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1992
Running Time 113:17
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (71:50) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Stephen Frears
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Dustin Hoffman
Geena Davis
Andy Garcia
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $36.95 Music George Fenton


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Arabic
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

   The plot: A no-good bum - played with remarkable aplomb by Dustin Hoffman - has an aeroplane (or is it airplane? I can't keep up with the pace at which we Americanize...) fall literally in front of him. He decides, somewhat reluctantly, to save a few passengers' lives. He thinks nothing of this and disappears into obscurity from whence he left, until he finds out that the press want to find out who he is and will pay him (in the voice of Dr Evil now) "one million dollars" if he will come forward for an interview. The twist to this outrageously ludicrous story is that another bum (Andy Garcia) comes forward claiming to be the good samaritan and proceeds to pocket the cash along with the fame. The movie then predictably follows the logical steps to a conclusion which offers no surprises.

    Don't misunderstand the tone of my synopsis, because I rather enjoyed the movie - it was a good deal of fun, and at times very suspenseful. I was literally on the edge of my seat for a few moments towards the end, but I won't spoil anything by telling you why...

    Andy Garcia is very good as the false hero, and the ever-lovely Geena Davis is excellent as the news hound chasing the story of the man who pulled her from the wreckage of the plane. Definitely worth a watch in my opinion.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    A typically lovely transfer from Columbia TriStar yet again.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    Well .... what does one say? The image was always clear, sharp and detailed. The only letdown was the lack of shadow detail; there were many times during this movie where I would have liked this aspect to have been better handled though it never really got in the way.

    Colour was almost perfect with skin tones being a tad on the strong side at times.

    This is a very clean transfer, and it did not suffer from any form of artefacting. MPEG compression was perfect, there were no film-to-video nasties, and no film artefacts of any significance.

    This disc is RSDL formatted, with the layer change occurring between chapters 17 and 18 at 71:50 minutes, and was only minimally intrusive to the flow of the movie.

Audio

    There are five soundtracks on this disc, being English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, French Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, German Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround and lastly Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround. I listened to the default English track.

    Dialogue was at all times clear and easy to understand.

    There were no lip-sync problems at all throughout the movie, which was impressive given that many scenes were location shots.

    The musical score by George Fenton was particularly uninspiring, and remained well in the background. It is, however, nicely recorded with a full-range to the mix, and it went down low at times. It did seem very central in the front soundstage, though effects were placed throughout with the occasional pan from one speaker to another, just to remind us that we do have them either side of the screen!

    The surround channels were not used to any great effect, though at times they did come to life briefly.

    My sub always likes joining in with the action when it can, and with this movie it frequently did both for the musical score and sound effects.  It was used to good effect and was nicely integrated.

Extras

Menu

    Nicely themed, and easy to navigate.

Theatrical Trailer (2:38)

    Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, non 16x9 enhanced and in Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. This is of average quality, and as always is most welcome.

Featurette - Behind The Scenes (8:01)

   This featurette is your standard extended-trailer type jobby, with very little in the way of actual "behind the scenes" content. However, it is slightly better than the norm for this type of featurette. Nonetheless, it is still of limited value. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, non 16x9 enhanced and also in Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.

Biographies - Cast & Crew

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Can it be so? It would seem that we are blessed with a movie not yet available in R1. That makes R4 the winner yet again...
(Ed. This movie has been released in R1 with the US Theatrical Title of simply Hero. It was renamed in Australia. The R1 version misses out on the Featurette and the Cast & Crew Biographies. The R4 misses out on a Full Frame version of the movie. There is nothing compelling to favour either version.)

Summary

    An interesting if light comedy with some fine acting. I enjoyed it quite a lot.

    The video quality is very, very good.

    The audio is average for a surround mix.

    A set of extras which I would consider compulsory on every DVD as a minimum.

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© Paul Cordingley (bio)
Monday, January 10, 2000
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