Addicted to Love (1997)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Production Notes-Behind The Scenes (10 pgs), Camera Obscura (9 pgs)
Theatrical Trailer-1.85:1, 16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Griffin Dunne|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Enter Maggie (Meg Ryan). Meg Ryan does not play her usual sweet innocent character in Addicted to Love. This time, she plays the bitter and jilted fiancé of Anton (Tcheky Karyo), Linda's new lover. Maggie wants revenge for being dumped and used. At first Sam does not want to help Maggie get her revenge, which includes splitting Anton and Linda up, but as the days go by, seeing and hearing (!) Linda with another man takes its toll and Sam agrees to help her. I enjoyed the dynamics of Maggie's character a lot, but in the end, I felt the character just went too far in trying to exact her revenge, and so her character became less appealing to me.
The picture is clear and sharp at all times, with great foreground detail. The background detail is definitely left wanting on a couple of occasions, but I do not believe this was a transfer-induced fault. Only one instance of low-level noise was seen at 14:25 - 14:28, but it is minor and is not detrimental to the picture quality. No instances of edge enhancement or edge bleeding were noticed. There is a nice amount of subtle shadow detail present when required, which is not too often as this picture mostly takes place during the night, so generally the black areas are just black. To me, the black level of the picture always looked natural and visually pleasing.
For the first ten minutes the colour appears slightly flat, as most of Warner Brothers earlier DVDs do, but once we are in New York the colour looks much fuller, which is probably because of all of the night-time scenes. In this particular regard, this title is much better than most of the other early Warner Brothers titles.
There is a slight grain in the picture for most of the movie. Thankfully however, most of the time it is barely noticeable. Its effects can still be seen if you look closely enough though, but overall it is pretty good, so there isn't too much to complain about here. The most noticeable instances can be found at 0:37, 1:55, 4:22, 13:57 and 34:26. This graininess could still be seen when viewed on my 68cm TV set using the composite input.
No MPEG artefacts were seen and no instances of aliasing were noticed either.
There are quite a few film artefacts, but they were usually small and black, so they were not really disruptive to the picture quality. If I hadn't been deliberately looking out for them, I expect many would have flown straight by without me even noticing them.
The dialogue was extremely clear and easy to understand throughout the entire movie and no audio sync problems were noticed with this transfer.
The musical score is by Rachel Portman and it suits the movie.
The surround channels were lightly used. They were predominantly filled with music, with the odd sound effect thrown in here and there. Since this is a largely dialogue-driven movie, the lack of enveloping sound is easily forgiven and I never felt the sound was lacking at any stage. There are a couple of scenes that do have some good surround channel use, though. There is also good sound separation and placement across the front soundstage, which really enhanced the front soundstage, and kept it from collapsing into the centre speaker.
The subwoofer receives a very light work-out, which is to be expected with this type of movie.
|Surround Channel Use|
The Jump To A Scene menu has a scene index which make it extremely easy to jump to any chapter on the disc.
Overall the video quality is very good, with only some minor grain and film artefacts lowering its rating.
The audio has been flawlessly recorded, with only the limitations of the original soundtrack lowering its rating.
There is a limited but nicely presented selection of extras.
|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)|