|Year Released||1991||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||104:05 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.0, 384Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, slightly|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Cliff (Bill Campbell) is a pilot. He is all set to enter a flying speed competition when misfortune strikes and his plane is destroyed. All is not lost, however, as one of the bad guys hides an experimental rocket-pack in one of Cliff's older planes. Cliff finds it, and intends to use it for a while to earn some money to buy a new plane. The bad guys, however, want it back.
What follows are relatively standard good guy vs bad guy antics, with both Cliff's sidekick/mechanic Peevy (Alan Arkin) and his girlfriend Jenny (Jennifer Connelly) becoming embroiled in the action.
The transfer is relatively softly focussed and certainly could not be described as crystal clear or razor sharp. Having said that, there isn't anything particularly wrong with this transfer, it just isn't all that sharp. Shadow detail is acceptable whilst not being outstanding, and there is no low level noise.
The colours were very strongly rendered, almost to the point of oversaturation, with some marginal colour bleeding of some of the deep reds.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. There were no film-to-video artefacts seen. Film artefacts were very rarely seen.
On a Toshiba 2109, the Dutch subtitles defaulted to ON.
The dialogue was always clear and easy to understand.
Audio sync was not a problem at all with the Toshiba 2109 DVD player.
The musical score by James Horner is lush and lyrical in nature, and adds nicely to the 1930s atmosphere.
The surround channels were used moderately by this movie with not a lot of detail in the rear. Overall, the effect was of a mainly front hemispheric mix with occasional use of the surrounds. No split surround effects were used
The subwoofer was not used by this soundtrack.
The video quality is acceptable, though somewhat soft.
The audio quality is average.
The extras are non-existent.
© Michael Demtschyna
19th November 1999
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|