Love, Honour & Obey (2000)
|Category||Drama||Main Menu Audio & Animation|
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Universal Pictures Home Video
Jonny Lee Miller
Denise van Outen
Trevor H. Laird
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Pan & Scan||English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Unknown||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||Yes|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Love, Honour And Obey may not be that well-known to many people because it is very similar to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but it is unfair to compare the two.
The story revolves around Jonny (Jonny Lee Miller) who is stuck in a boring job as a courier. He is called into his supervisor's office one morning and told that with a bit of hard work and dedication he can get promoted to a supervisor's position in about ten years time. Jonny decides that he cannot stay in this dead-end job one day longer so he calls his good friend Jude (Jude Law) and asks to be introduced to his uncle Ray (Ray Winstone) who is the boss of a North London gang. Jonny is accepted into the gang and in order to try and make a name for himself decides to cause a bit of trouble with the South London firm without Ray's knowledge. Jonny, in between stealing a load of cocaine and knocking off two guys, builds up a hatred for one of the rival gang members, Matthew (Rhys Ifans). The two then play a game of cat and mouse with each other which ends with dire consequences.
This movie should appeal to many people. It has an excellent cast and is a well-told story with plenty of violence and laughs, and the Cockney dialogue is terrific.
The transfer quality is quite good on this disc although it does suffer from some low level noise and grain. Nonetheless, the picture is quite pleasing overall.
The disc is framed at 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced. You can also choose to view a Pan & Scan version if you so desire.
The transfer is quite soft looking and is not up there in terms of sharpness with the best transfers. Shadow detail is very good with plenty of detail in the dark images. Some low level noise distracted in only a couple of scenes, but it was the presence of grain throughout most of the movie that is sure to distract from an otherwise pleasing picture.
The colours were spot-on in this movie with reds and the primary colours looking as accurate as you will see them.
No MPEG artefacts were detected and neither were any film-to-video or film artefacts.
This disc is dual layered with the widescreen version on one layer and the pan and scan version on the other layer. There is therefore no layer change.
The audio quality of this disc is below average. The audio soundtrack is very bright when played at reference level and some sort of equalization is recommended to tame this soundtrack. The soundtrack is predominantly mixed into the three front channels with very little surround presence.
There is one audio track on this DVD; English Dolby Digital 2.0.
The dialogue was fairly clear and easy to understand, although some hiss was apparent during a lot of the movie. Audio sync was not a problem and was completely spot-on throughout.
The musical score consists of just a couple of karaoke numbers sung by the actors which were bright and fatiguing and generally annoying.
The surrounds were not used in this movie except for the karaoke numbers.
The subwoofer was used very little throughout this movie. I could not detect any bass usage at all except for a few seconds in one of the gun fights.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu design is themed around one of the movie's karaoke numbers and offers you a choice of viewing the movie in widescreen or pan and scan.
There are no other extras.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is not available in Region 1.
Love, Honour And Obey for me was a decent movie, but some extras on the disc would have been nice.
The video quality was acceptable.
The audio quality was below average.
There are no extras.
|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|