The Kid (2000)
Featurette-A Kid Becomes The Kid (15:42)
Featurette-Spotlight on Jon Turtletaub (8:04)
Audio Commentary-Jon Turtletaub (Director) & Spencer Breslin (Actor)
|Year Of Production||2000|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (63:50)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Jon Turteltaub|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Swedish Audio Commentary
Norwegian Audio Commentary
Danish Audio Commentary
Finnish Audio Commentary
Icelandic Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Russ Doritz (Bruce Willis) is a very successful image consultant - he tells celebrities how to project the image they want, and how to get out of PR disasters (there are some fun moments exploring this). He has a long-suffering secretary (Lily Tomlin is superb - why doesn't she make more movies?), and an assistant (Emily Mortimer) who loves him, even though he doesn't know it. He has done a good job of forgetting his childhood. On the eve of his 40th birthday he is confronted by the most tangible possible reminder of his childhood - himself at age 8 (Spencer Breslin), a fat kid with a bad haircut. At first he thinks that The Kid is here to learn something, but gradually it penetrates that The Kid is here to teach him.
I must say, Bruce Willis had excellent help with his make-up and hair in this movie - he hasn't looked this young in a movie for some time now.
I must also say that I didn't like Spencer Breslin. I'm not sure why. He has some irritating lines in the movie, but I don't think that's the reason. I hope my dislike of him has not coloured my assessment of the movie.
Don't expect too much, and don't try to anticipate where the movie is going. Just enjoy the ride. This is a Disney movie, even though it is rated PG (for Adult Themes), and you know things will work out in the end.
The film is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced. This is very close to the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio of the film.
The transfer is sharp and clear, with adequate shadow detail, and no visible noise. I could not pick out any edge enhancement, although the director has a penchant for back-lit shots, which tend to look edge-enhanced.
There is a bright red plane running through the movie as a theme. That plane is shown as fully saturated red. With that one exception, there seem to be few really bright colours in the movie - I suspect this may have been a deliberate choice, intended to show Russ Doritz's life as a bit dull and drab. There is nothing wrong with the colour of the transfer (skin tones look good), although I initially thought it looked a bit undersaturated.
There's a moment or two of faint aliasing on a shingle roof (37:28), and a street sign (78:20), but I mention them mainly because there were very few other flaws. There are no other defects to be seen - no marks on the film, no wobble, no MPEG artefacts. This transfer has been done well, using a very clean copy of the film.
It is worth mentioning that there is one unusual feature with the subtitles - I have never seen a commentary rendered with Icelandic subtitles before. Quite clearly, all our Scandinavian friends should rush out and buy this disc in an attempt to encourage the studio to continue to do this.
This disc is RSDL-formatted, with the layer change coming at 63:50. It is well-placed, at a cut between scenes, and it took me a while to locate it.
There are only two soundtracks on this disc. There's an English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for the main soundtrack, and an English Dolby Digital 2.0 mix for the audio commentary. I listened to both.
Dialogue was clear, and I didn't notice any ADR work, although there's mention on the commentary that they re-recorded at least one piece of dialogue 2 months after shooting. There was no visible problem with audio sync.
The music was unexceptional; so much so that I cannot remember any of it, but that is far better than music that draws attention to itself to the detriment of the film.
I am unsure why they bothered to make the main soundtrack 5.1 - they didn't use the subwoofer or surrounds to any noticeable extent. The sound was, however, well spread across the front soundstage.
|Surround Channel Use|
This commentary was a bit different because some of the time Jon Turteltaub explains things to Spencer Breslin, including second unit photography. There are some highlights, including revelations about where some of the interiors were shot. There are a couple of lowlights, too, I'm afraid - I hate comments like "this bit's really funny".
There is very little wasted space - they start the commentary during the opening credits, and they speak nearly continuously all the way through the movie to the closing credits (and even through those) - a fairly impressive effort, compared to those which tail off half-way through the movie.
I would recommend this as an excellent introduction to the gentle art of commentaries.
The video quality is high.
The audio quality is high, although with little surround use.
The extras are good (especially the commentary), but you'll probably only watch the featurettes once.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-737, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW10HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics matte white screen with a gain of 1.0 (280cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front Left and Right: Krix Euphonix, Centre: Krix KDX-C Rears: Krix KDX-M, Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5|