3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)

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Released 6-Nov-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Action DVD Teaser Trailer
Menu Animation & Audio
Dolby Digital Trailer-Aurora
Featurette-On The Set
Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Three Kings; Reindeer Games; In Too Deep
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 119:41
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (71:21) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Demian Lichtenstein
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Kurt Russell
Kevin Costner
Courtney Cox
Christian Slater
Kevin Pollak
David Arquette
Howie Long
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $39.95 Music George S. Clinton


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.40:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    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).

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Transfer Quality

Video

    This is another fine transfer from Roadshow. The image is a treat for the eyes and is of near-reference quality.

    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.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    This is a great-sounding presentation. Your home theatre is going to get tested to its limits with this reference quality audio transfer.

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

DVD Teaser Trailer

Menu Animation & Audio

Dolby Digital Trailer

Featurette - On The Set (11:44)

    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.

Theatrical Trailer (1:59)

    The trailer for 3000 Miles To Graceland is 16x9 enhanced and is framed at 1.85:1.

Trailer

    Three bonus trailers for;

Biographies-Cast & Crew

    Biographies for Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Christian Slater, Courtney Cox and Director Demian Lichtenstein.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on:

    The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on:

    Region 4 is the marginal winner here.

Summary

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Stephen Wilson (read my bio)
Sunday, October 21, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-737, using Component output
DisplayBarco 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 DecoderMeridian 568.
AmplificationAdcom 555 mk2 x3
Speakers3 Klipsch La-Scala speakers (left, centre and right); 2 Infinity sm122 speakers (rear); 2 Mirage bps 400 subwoofers with 400w built in amps

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