Groove: Collector's Edition (2000)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-City
Featurette-Auditions +/- Director's Narration
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Music Video-Heaven Scent-Bedrock
Isolated Musical Score
Deleted Scenes-7 +/- Commentary
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Audio Commentary-Greg Harrison (Dir et al), D Renfrew (Prod) et al
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Greg Harrison|
Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Steve Van Wormer
|RPI||$36.95||Music||Wade Randolph Hampton|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Isolated Music Score Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
German Audio Commentary
Dutch Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Groove details the events of one night in the underground San Francisco rave scene and the efforts of a group of dedicated ravers to put on a party in a disused warehouse. The plot centres around two main characters, rave first-timer David played by Hamish Linklater, and veteran Leyla, played by Lola Glaudini. There are several other characters, notably the DJs played by real underground rave DJs. Most just do their thing by spinning discs, which is a blessing if the performance by English DJ John Digweed is anything to go by. He has some lines at the end of the film and if he was any more wooden he would be used to make matchsticks.
Drug use is evident, though it is certainly not central to the plot, neither is a stance taken on the issue. The makers wanted to show that some people take drugs at raves and some do not. They have achieved this realism remarkably well without making a social comment about it.
Groove is a remarkably short movie (only 80 minutes in length) which I initially thought would be a good thing considering my indifference to the material, however this turned out to be my major gripe with the movie.
It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced.
The sharpness level is good and there is very little problem with shadow detail even though most of the action takes place in the dark recesses of a poorly lit warehouse or outside with only street lighting to provide illumination. There is no low level noise evident.
Colours range from muted grays in the dingy interiors of the warehouse through to vibrant oversaturated coloured lighting effects on the dance floor and in the chill-out room. All the colours are handled well with no bleed.
There are noticeable and numerous film artefacts evident. Given the low budget and the fact that the producer admits to almost losing one section of the finished film it is not surprising that there are several small nicks, scratches, and other imperfections in the final product. They are noticeable without being overly distracting.
There many different subtitle options with nearly all languages catered for. I only checked English and found very little variation to what was actually being said. There are German and Dutch subtitles on all the director's commentaries.
NOTE: Contrary to the packaging, this is a single layer disc. Since the movie is only 80 minutes in length and the extras are very short, this is not surprising.
Dialogue was usually clear, but because the music was often pumping out of all speakers it was difficult to hear some of the words from a couple of the characters (I guess this is what it would be like at a real rave, and the makers were after realism!). There were no audio sync problems evident.
The musical soundtrack was provided by many real DJs from the rave scene (again more realism). It is hard to imagine it not being the real deal. Deep, reaching bass, full enveloping sound from all speakers, and mastered at a level quite a few dB higher than normal for realism. There was a noticeable difference between the quality of the video and the audio in this movie and after reading the end credits it became obvious as to why. The post production work on the audio was performed at the Skywalker Sound Laboratory. It really does pump.
Surround channel usage was not excessive except during a couple of the music numbers when the viewer was placed in the exact middle of all the action. There was reverberation off the walls coming through the rears in addition to the music, making for quite a realistic experience. Most notable was the volume that came through the rears. It was far in excess of any other movie I have watched and was quite a revelation.
The subwoofer received a major workout during the music numbers but very little at other times. It supported the thumping music without becoming overbearing.
|Surround Channel Use|
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
I feel that the short duration of the film robbed it of the chance to develop the characters to the extent I usually appreciate, but the exuberance of the film-making and the thumping soundtrack made up for the partially-developed plot. In hindsight, I suppose you could say that the actual rave itself is the main character in the movie with the other actors merely extras in its development.
Groove features only an average video presentation, but the audio is excellent and the isolated score is a bonus.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10|