Mouse Hunt (1997)
Main Menu Audio
|Year Of Production||1997|
|Running Time||93:35 (Case: 98)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (60:11)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||Gore Verbinski|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Auto Pan & Scan Encoded||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Norwegian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.00:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Did you enjoy Tom and Jerry cartoons? Or Sylvester and Tweety? Or Roadrunner and Wylie Coyote? That's the sort of thing I was reminded of when watching Mouse Hunt. Because it is live-action, rather than animation, it is more akin in appearance to Home Alone, but I liked this movie more. Perhaps that's because the violence is more cartoonish in this movie - Home Alone seemed more vicious. There are several moments where I laughed out loud, and one or two where I cringed. Just a hint - don't watch this movie during dinner - you may get put off your food by an early scene in a restaurant.
Unless you want to shield your children from cartoon violence, let them watch it with you - they will enjoy it even more than you do. What? You thought this was a kid's movie? Nah, but let them think so!
The movie is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.96:1. It is 16x9 enhanced. The original aspect ratio is 1.85:1, so this is very close. It looks fabulous on a widescreen display.
The picture is sharp, clear, gorgeous...I could use all the clichéd adjectives, but they are not strong enough - it is simply the closest thing to perfection I have yet seen. Shadow detail is excellent, with plenty of chances to show it off, and no trace of low-level noise.
Colour is spot on.
There are no film artefacts. There are no MPEG artefacts. There were a couple of moments where there was a trace of a threat of some aliasing...
The disc is single-sided and dual layered (RSDL-formatted) with the layer change at 60:11. The change is in the middle of a scene, but it is at a natural pause, in silence, so it is hard to spot. I missed it the first time. I think they are showing off.
There are five soundtracks, in English, German, Dutch, Swedish, and Norwegian. Of those languages, I speak only English, so I listened to that. It is Dolby Digital 5.1, at 448 kbps (rather than the more pedestrian 384).
Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. There were no audio sync problems.
The score is good stuff - a bit cartoonish (there's that word again) during the extended slapstick sequences, but that's the way it should be.
This movie is 5.1, and you find out why during the prologue - they have used the surround speakers superbly for directional effects. You can hear effects sweep from the rear to the front of the soundstage - this is why I invested in 5.1 sound!
The subwoofer is nicely integrated into the sound - I didn't notice it directly, but it was supporting the score and the effects.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video quality is exquisite and is of reference quality.
The audio quality is excellent and is also of reference quality.
The extras are meagre.
|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|