3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
DVD Teaser Trailer
Menu Animation & Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-Aurora
Featurette-On The Set
Trailer-Three Kings; Reindeer Games; In Too Deep
Biographies-Cast & Crew
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (71:21)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Demian Lichtenstein|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|RPI||$39.95||Music||George S. Clinton|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.40:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.40:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
3000 Miles To Graceland received a bad rap when it was screened theatrically, but after watching this movie on DVD, I can't understand what all the bad publicity was about.
The story revolves around a heist and the subsequent getaway. It is Elvis Convention Week in Las Vegas and five ex-cons pull off a daring robbery at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. After the successful heist, the gang disagree about how the money should be divided amongst them.
Kevin Costner plays Thomas Murphy, the head of the gang who believes he is Elvis' son. Kurt Russell plays Michael Zane, an ex-con just released from prison who wants to go 'straight' after they get hold of the money. The three other members of the gang are played by Christian Slater, David Arquette and Bokeem Woodbine. Everything seems to have gone to plan until Murphy (Costner) double crosses the rest of the group. Then all hell breaks loose. The movie then goes on a cross-country chase as the money changes hands and a number of people are blown to bits along the way. Courtney Cox plays a single mother in a role that is a major change of character from the goody two shoes role we all see her play in Friends.
3000 Miles To Graceland was a huge box office flop but I must admit I enjoyed this movie, even though the violence can be a bit overdone and certain parts of the movie play like an MTV video clip (director Demian Lichtenstein's body of work up until this point has been mostly directing music videos).
The disc is 16x9 enhanced and is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1.
The transfer is extremely sharp and clean. No low level noise was detected and the shadow detail looked about as good as it gets. There was a slight trace of edge enhancement but nothing that should distract from an otherwise fine picture.
The only criticism I could make of the image was that the colour saturation looked a little overdone on occasion. Reds in particular in a few of the outdoor scenes seemed to jump right off the screen towards you. There was no apparent colour smearing and flesh tones looked very natural.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Many of the transfers of late seem to be improving with time and it is getting harder to fault many of the new DVDs on the market.
This disc is RSDL-formatted with the layer change occurring at 71:21.
The dialogue is very natural-sounding and easy to understand, even during the many gun fights.
The musical score was a real mixed bag. One minute you are listening to an Elvis ballad and then the next you are listening to loud heavy metal music which was played predominantly through the movie's many gun battles. Overall, the musical score was of good quality.
The superb Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack will blow your socks off. The whole sound field is fully engaged throughout the majority of the movie with aggressive use of the surrounds and full scale use of the .1 LFE channel. This is one soundtrack that could easily be used to test even the most capable systems. It is a real winner in terms of clarity and sheer brute power.
The subwoofer was engaged throughout almost the entire movie and really made a big impact on the whole soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
This is comprised of some behind-the-scenes footage showing how a few of the different scenes were filmed. It is fairly dull as it does not really give you any insight into why they chose those particular scenes. It is filmed in 1.33:1 and has a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded soundtrack.
The trailer for 3000 Miles To Graceland is 16x9 enhanced and is framed at 1.85:1.
Three bonus trailers for;
Biographies for Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Christian Slater, Courtney Cox and Director Demian Lichtenstein.
The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on:
The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on:
On The Set featurette
Region 4 is the marginal winner here.
3000 Miles To Graceland won't suit everyone's taste but I enjoyed it. The violence can be a bit overdone at times and the constant heavy metal music won't suit all, but I will be keeping this one in my collection - it is basically of reference quality in both picture and sound.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-737, using Component output|
|Display||Barco 708mm CRT front projector (line doubled) onto a 2.5m wide 16x9 aspect screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Meridian 568.|
|Amplification||Adcom 555 mk2 x3|
|Speakers||3 Klipsch La-Scala speakers (left, centre and right); 2 Infinity sm122 speakers (rear); 2 Mirage bps 400 subwoofers with 400w built in amps|