The In Crowd (2000)

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Released 16-Jan-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Dolby Digital Trailer-Rain
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Audio Commentary-Susan Ward (Actor) & Lori Heuring (Actor)
Theatrical Trailer
Gallery-Photo-39 images
Deleted Scenes-3
Isolated Musical Score
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 101:43
RSDL / Flipper RSDL Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Mary Lambert
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Susan Ward
Lori Heuring
Matthew Settle
Nathan Bexton
Tess Harper
Daniel Kelly Hugh
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $34.95 Music Jeff Rona


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Isolated Music Score Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/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 for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     The back cover sums it up best by saying ". . . tennis, golf, sailing, rippled hunks, awesome babes, jealousy, insanity, murder - name your sport!" The In Crowd lives up to all of this plus more.

    Brittany Foster (Susan Ward) is the stunning beauty that heads up The In Crowd, a group of guys and gals who entertain themselves by spending daddy's money and getting drunk. The movie is set during a summer vacation at the Cliftmont Country Retreat.

    Adrien Williams (Lori Heuring) is released from an institution where she has been undergoing therapy to help solve her woes which are explained in detail as the movie progresses. Her doctor (Daniel Hugh Kelly) is able to secure her a job at the retreat for the duration of the summer vacation. She is soon taken under the wing of Brittany and introduced to The In Crowd. They develop a strong relationship, much to the disgust of Brittany's previous best friend Kelly (Laurie Fortier).

    It soon becomes clear that the group needs a little culling in order to restore some balance, but who will be killed and who will do it? This movie has some nice subtle twists that arrived just as I thought I had worked out the plot. You won't find out the truth until the very end...

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video transfer presented on this DVD has very few problems.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was clear and sharp except for one scene at 63:11 which was obviously shot at dusk or under conditions of extreme cloud cover. With this one exception, the shadow detail at night was very well rendered. There is no low level noise.

    The colours were quite well defined and exhibited no bleeding or other visual problems. The tanned bodies were true in colour and also a pleasure to watch.

    There were no MPEG artefacts. Aliasing was limited to very few instances throughout the transfer. Mentioning them specifically seems a waste because the instances were so trivial. Film artefacts were rare and not distracting at all.

    This disc is RSDL-formatted but I was unable to detect where the layer change has been placed. Bearing that in mind, it is obviously well-placed and does not affect the flow of the movie at all.

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Audio

    The audio transfer was also quite good.

    The dialogue was a little too quiet at 18:20 and 20:48 but otherwise was fine. There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The musical score by Jeff Rona was ideal for this mystery thriller. The music added to the production nicely and set the mood for a lot of scenes.

    The surround channels were used mostly for the music but when the on-screen action warranted it, the front and rear channel use was certainly there. It did provide a good spread across the soundstage, putting you in the midst of the action.

    The subwoofer was used to provide special effects and to place a nice bottom end on the music.

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Extras

Menu

    The menu design is themed around the movie and features a static clip taken from the movie with no audio.

Cast & Crew Interviews

    Although the main 13 actors and actresses are listed within this option, only 4 are selectable; Susan Ward, Lori Heuring, Matt Curtis and Nathan Bexton. Each contains on-camera footage where they individually discuss their character and thoughts about the movie. Good to see some moving footage here rather than the all-too-familiar static bio in text form. Apparently all options are selectable here on the Region 1 version of this DVD if you have a DVD-ROM.

Audio Commentary - Susan Ward & Lori Heuring

    A rather informative, easy-going and light-hearted insight into the movie. A nice change from the sometimes dull discussion by directors or producers. The girls do tend to lean towards the technical issues to do with hair colour and eyeliner, so this commentary is not suitable for techno heads!

Gallery - Photo

    A total of 39 different images are shown here both in front of the camera and behind the scenes with the main cast.

Deleted Scenes

    A total of 3 deleted scenes are included here along with the reasons for their exclusion from the final movie release. The transfer quality is nowhere near as good as the movie's transfer quality.

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;

    The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     The DVD-ROM portion would not be missed by most.

Summary

     The In Crowd was a great movie starring Susan Ward, one of my favourite actresses. It also contains some nice scenery (and I do mean the retreat and the beach). The plot was well thought out and has some subtle twists to maintain your curiosity. Ladies be warned that it contains a girl / girl kissing scene.

    The video had no specific problems.

    Likewise, the audio had no specific problems.

    This DVD is well worth getting if you don't mind a sexy thriller.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Peter Mellor (read my bio)
Friday, January 04, 2002
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DVDPioneer XV-DV55, using S-Video output
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