The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
|Year Of Production||1993|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Stephen Sommers|
Warner Home Video
Courtney B. Vance
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Screen, not known whether Pan & Scan or Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|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|
The Adventures Of Huck Finn is based on Mark Twain's classic Huckleberry Finn, a literary classic that has somehow passed me by over the years. Huck (Elijah Wood) is a bit of a rough-and-tumble child, being more-or-less abandoned by his drunkard father, played with aplomb by Ron Perlman. Huck concocts a plan to fake his own death and escape from his abusive father. As he makes his escape, he is joined by a runaway slave, Jim (Courtney B. Vance). They resolve to make their way down the Mississippi River to Cairo, where Jim can escape to the free states, where black men are no longer slaves.
Their journey is not without incident. Indeed, the whole premise of the movie revolves around the characters of Huck and Jim and how Huck's sense of morality is turned topsy-turvy as a result of his friendship with Jim, and the things they experience both together and separately on their epic journey.
This transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced. The framing appears as if this is a Full Frame transfer rather than a Pan & Scan transfer, but in the absence of a widescreen version to compare it to, this is impossible to say for sure.
This transfer is quite variably sharp. A significant number of shots are very soft indeed and lack definition, and others are acceptable. Shadow detail is often lacking, with many of the darker shots simply diving into undefined areas of blackness. Low level noise, or possibly grain inherent in the source material was present quite markedly from 96:19 - 96:36.
Colours were also quite variable, ranging from vibrant and bright to dull to oversaturated. There appeared to be significant chroma noise in the background blue from 54:03 - 54:51, though it would not surprise me to learn that this was inherent in the original image, as there are many strongly blue-lit sequences in this movie and all of the rest of them come up very cleanly indeed..
There was some minor MPEG macro-blocking evident whilst the ship on which Jim finds Huck's father is sinking, but other than this isolated incident, the transfer appeared free of this artefact, despite there being a significant number of smoke-filled scenes. Aliasing was problematic at times for this transfer, plaguing the sharper parts of the image. Film artefacts were kept at an acceptable level, but certainly made themselves noticeable from time to time.
Subtitles defaulted to ON.
Dialogue was a little difficult to make out at times, and was a little harder to understand than I expected. There were a number of lines that were clearly ADR processed, with the spoken words not matching the actors' lip movements.
The score by Bill Conti is most unusual in that it is orchestral and nearly omnipresent, clearly a deliberate stylistic choice to give this movie the feel of a timeless classic or a musical. It is nicely married to the on-screen action, and provides an excellent backdrop on which the movie's visuals can be laid.
The surround presence is somewhat limited, with only music and some ambience later in the movie making it into the rear surround channel. The great majority of the movie's sound is found in the front hemisphere, with dialogue front-and-center, and music mixed into the left and right front channels.
The .1 channel was not specifically encoded, though plenty of bass was directed to it.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The video quality is just passable.
The audio quality is passable.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Start SD-2010VNK-C, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer|