About Last Night... (1986)

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Released 11-Jul-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Biographies-Cast & Crew
Theatrical Trailer-non-16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Trailer-Mortal Thoughts-non-16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1986
Running Time 108:38
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Edward Zwick
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Rob Lowe
Demi Moore
James Belushi
Elizabeth Perkins
Case Brackley-Trans-No Lip
RPI $36.95 Music Miles Goodman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Dutch
Arabic
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Swedish
Turkish
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, throughout credits

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Plot Synopsis

I jumped at the opportunity to review this disc, as it is one of my old favourites. The fact that it stars the talented and gorgeous Demi Moore has absolutely everything to do with it. So, I sat down, ready to take a trip down memory lane. The movie has certainly dated somewhat since its release in 1986, but nonetheless I still thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie again. My biggest shock came at seeing how young Demi Moore was! Anyway, enough preamble - on with the plot synopsis.

Boy, Danny (Rob Lowe) meets girl, Debbie (Demi Moore), and some serious chemistry occurs which leads to a relationship. Unfortunately, both Debbie and Danny don't get much support from their respective best friends - Joan (Elizabeth Perkins) and Bernie (James Belushi). In fact, these two do their darndest to break up the happy couple.

Warning: slight plot spoiler ahead, so if you haven't seen the movie then I suggest you don't read any further.

Debbie moves in with Danny. It all starts off wonderfully, with some little adjustments having to be made by both parties, but all is initially rosy. After a while, things start to go wrong and eventually the day comes where Danny pulls the pin and they split up. Debbie is devastated, but knows it is really over and moves out. That's where I think I'll leave it, just in case you haven't seen this movie before and didn't stop reading after the spoiler warning!

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Transfer Quality

Video

The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

Overall the picture sharpness and detail is very good, with a couple of scenes being excellent. There is plenty of shadow detail and the black level balance is excellent, leaving the film looking natural and visually pleasing.

The colour is great, and beautifully saturated. Deep reds and greens are often present, whilst leaving the skin tones looking natural. No edge enhancement or colour bleeding was seen.

Projector owners beware. The picture quality has been spoiled by some bad background grain, which occasionally spills over into the foreground. The background graininess is present throughout most of the film and only disappears during a couple of the more brightly-lit scenes, such as the softball game in Chapter 2. Chapters 3, 10 & 13 are probably the worst, but if you pick almost any other Chapter you will still see what I am talking about. If you are using composite input with your projector, then you will find the pixelization a little less noticeable but it is still too prominent. The image via the S-video input is almost as bad as that via the component input.

TV owners fear not. I could not believe the difference in picture quality when I viewed this disc on my 68cm TV using the composite input. The pixelization is only barely noticeable during the worst chapters and totally disappears during the other chapters. I found that the pixelization was only noticeable if you were actually looking for it.

The Region 1 transfer of this film also suffers from this background grain problem.

There are quite a few small film artefacts, but they are not overly bothersome or intrusive. Unfortunately, during the end credits, there are a ton of small film artefacts that continually litter the screen. This would not be so bad if it was just a black screen with the credits whizzing by, but this is not the case as the camera is still rolling. Two other film artefacts were noticed. One was a large but light white scratch at 47:43 which basically runs from the top of the picture to the bottom, and the other is where the picture brightness changes slightly mid scene, during one of the steamy sequences (!).

No MPEG artefacts or aliasing was noticed.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
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Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

There are five audio tracks present. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack. The other soundtracks are: French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded and a Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack.

The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand. At 92:00 Demi Moore's voice sounded a little unusual, but it is the same on my VHS version, so this is not a transfer problem.

No audio sync problems were noticed.

Miles Goodman's musical score suits the movie well.

For this type of movie I thought the surround channel use was good. There are a couple of scenes where the surround presence is quite noticeable and enveloping. During some of the more dialogue-driven sequences the sound stage does collapse into just the centre speaker. Strangely enough, this did not really detract from the overall movie experience, as I felt that many of these scenes would naturally have a low background or ambient noise level anyway. This movie was originally recorded with a Dolby Stereo (SR) soundtrack, so there is no real need for a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, but a 320Kb/s audio stream would have been nice touch, instead of the usual 192Kb/s.

The subwoofer was used well to add extra punch to the music and to the on-screen action.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

The extras are limited to two Trailers and Cast & Crew filmographies/biographies.

Menu

The Menu is not 16x9 enhanced and has a picture of our four main characters. The menus are simple but nicely presented and each has a different picture. The menu selections are; Languages/Audio Setup, Subtitles, Scene Selections (28), Extra Features and Play Movie. I only have one small criticism of the menu system, which has to do with the Scene Selection menu. It does not have an index, so if you want to jump to Chapter 21, you have to go through five screens before you can select it.

Theatrical Trailer About Last Night... (1:56 minutes)

This trailer is of reasonable quality, but is not as good as the movie, as it is slightly dark, the colour balance seems a bit off and it suffers from an occasional striping effect. It is presented in a 1.33:1 non-16x9 enhanced aspect ratio, with a 192Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

Theatrical Trailer Mortal Thoughts (1:50 minutes)

This trailer is of very good quality and is presented in a 1.33:1 non-16x9 enhanced aspect ratio, with a 192Kb/s Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack.

Talent Profiles

This section contains Film Highlights and brief Biographies for; Edward Zwick (Director), Demi Moore, Rob Lowe and James Belushi.

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 version of this disc misses out on; Extras-wise, the R1 and R4 discs are basically identical. Both versions suffer from background pixelization, but the R1 version also apparently suffers from a dark picture. Even though the R4 version misses out on the additional Pan & Scan version, I feel it is the clear winner here due to its superior picture quality.

Summary

As a big fan of this movie, and Demi Moore, I would like to thank Columbia Tristar for releasing this title - thank you, thank you, thank you.

For people with TVs, the picture is of very good quality, with some minor background graininess. For people with Projectors, the picture quality is badly spoiled by the background graininess.

The soundtrack is of good quality.

The extras are limited.

Ratings (out of 5)

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Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Paul Williams (read Paul's biography)
Sunday, June 25, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-725, using Component output
DisplaySony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm)/NEC ST-2880 (68cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-SV919THX
SpeakersFronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)

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