|Year Released||1999||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||111:33 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Home Video
|RRP||$34.95||Music||James Newton Howard|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||5.0|
||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.0, 384Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 5.0, 384Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 5.0, 384Kb/s)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.0, 384Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, a series of extremely annoying product placements.|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, after (but it's not worth watching)|
I'll give you the premise for Runaway Bride. You can fill in the story from the premise, since it's so predictable. Richard Gere plays Ike Graham, a columnist for USA Today (who obviously offered the most money for product placement). Ike hears a story about a woman in some country town called Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) who has run away at the alter three times so far and is about to try to get married for the fourth time. He writes a scathing column about her, calling her a "man-eater". Maggie reads the article and is incensed, writing to the newspaper and getting Ike fired since Ike didn't bother to check his facts. Ike chases up Maggie to find out a little more about her and to write a more in-depth article about her. They start off loathing each other...
Now that you have heard the premise, do I really need to fill in the rest of the plot? I didn't think so. Runaway Bride didn't do all that well at the box office in Australia because it has nothing new to offer other than a more bloated budget than Pretty Woman. Even my wife, who nagged me to get this DVD because she had missed it at the box office was extremely disappointed, and she has seen Pretty Woman more than almost any person alive on the earth today.
This transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is uniformly sharp and clear throughout, with the perfect balance having been struck between image clarity and oversharpening. An enormous amount of fine detail is on offer here, with subtle image nuances clearly defined. Shadow detail is excellent, with superb gradations within the darker areas of the transfer allowing lots of image detail to come through. There was no low level noise.
The colours were beautifully rendered, with superb greens and browns contrasting with vibrant and eye popping red and oranges at times.
There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Aliasing was trivial at its worst, and will go unnoticed unless you are specifically looking for it. This is despite a number of horizontal pans across sharply delineated objects which would be expected to cause significant aliasing - the fact that they do not is a credit to whoever transferred this movie to DVD. Film artefacts went unnoticed.
This disc is an RSDL formatted DVD, with the layer change occurring at 65:54. It is as good a place as any to have a layer change, and is minimally disruptive.
Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand except for a few words here and there which were lost beneath the musical score. There were no audio sync problems with this DVD.
The score by James Newton Howard is the best part of the movie and is up to his usual standard. It is suitably subtle in creating and enhancing the on-screen mood in conjunction with a number of classic songs.
The surround channels were used subtly for music and not much else. Being a dialogue driven movie, nothing was really missed.
The .1 channel was not encoded, and a certain amount of bottom end was missing from this soundtrack as a result, particularly early on. The gorgeous music, in particular, suffered a little for not having the added oomph of a .1 track. This did improve as the movie went on, though.
The video is of reference quality.
The audio quality is unremarkable.
There are no extras.
© Michael Demtschyna
(read my bio)
17th April 2000
|DVD||Star SD-2010C, 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; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer|