Mouse Hunt (1997)

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Released 30-May-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Deleted Scenes
Theatrical Trailer-2
Rating Rated PG
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
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Nathan Lane
Lee Evans
Maury Chaykin
Christopher Walken
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $39.95 Music Alan Silvestri


Video Audio
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
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
German
Dutch
Swedish
Norwegian
Danish
Finnish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Slapstick comedy is a distinct category. Maybe you like it. Maybe you don't. If you don't, you will hate this movie. If you do, then I suggest you seriously consider buying this disc.

    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!

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Transfer Quality

Video

    I am almost sorry to say it, but this is the best video transfer I have ever seen. OK, it is a fun movie, but how ever did it rate getting a perfect transfer? This is absolutely reference quality video.

    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.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    OK, it has a perfect video transfer - how's the sound? It's pretty good. OK, it's very good. Well, to be honest, it's nearly as good as the video!

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Audio Sync
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Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    The extras are not extensive - some deleted scenes and two trailers.

Menu

    The menu is static, with music. Nicely themed around the movie.

From The Cutting Room Floor

    Eight deleted scenes presented in one sequence. Interesting insight into plot ideas that were removed from the theatrical cut.

Trailer 1 (1:59)

    The long form of the trailer. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Trailer 2 (1:01)

    The short form of the trailer. It is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

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 and Region 1 versions of this disc appear to be identical, as far as I can tell, except for the languages (they get French and Spanish - guess that's for Canada and Mexico). The Region 1 gets perfect scores for video and sound, too. Amazing. But please, buy the Region 4 - we have to encourage this quality of workmanship!

Summary

    Mouse Hunt is a funny slapstick movie, presented on an exceptionally good DVD.

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Tony Rogers (bio-degrading: making a fool of oneself in a bio...)
Sunday, June 10, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-737, using Component output
DisplaySony 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 DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVC-A1SE
SpeakersFront Left and Right: Krix Euphonix, Centre: Krix KDX-C Rears: Krix KDX-M, Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

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