Accidental Hero (Hero) (1992)
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Theatrical Trailer-1.33:1 non-16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||1992|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (71:50)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Stephen Frears|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
|DVD||Panasonic A-350A, using S-Video output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T43W1 (125cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player.|
|Amplification||Sony STR DE-525 5x100 watts Dolby Pro-Logic / 5.1 Ready Receiver; 4 x Optimus 10-band Graphic EQ|
|Speakers||Centre: Sony SS-CN35 100 watt; Main & Surrounds: Pioneer CS-R390-K 150-watt floorstanders; Subwoofer: Optimus 100-watt passive|