|Category||Animation||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1984||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||84 minutes||Other Extras||Production Notes
Cast & Crew Biographies
|RRP||$29.95||Music||James Newton Howard|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Dutch (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
His opponents are the animated Nerdlucks, who have stolen the talent from 5 NBA stars, and hence are quite good basketball players. His teammates are all of your favourite Looney Tunes characters.
A lot of needless NBA footage and advertising by the poundful stretch this mildly entertaining premise far beyond the length it should have been, which is a pity as there are a number of quite funny moments, including a number of digs at Disney ("what kind of a Mickey Mouse name for a team is The Ducks"). Bill Murray makes an appearance as himself, and Wayne Knight plays Sam Podolak, who is Newman transplanted from the Seinfeld series into this movie.
In a nutshell, this would have made an excellent 15 minute featurette, but the 84 minute running time of this movie (including 7 minutes of credits) really dragged for me.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was crystal clear and razor sharp. Shadow detail was fine, though most of the movie is shot very brightly lit. No low level noise marred the transfer.
The colours were all vivid, bright and vibrant with no colour bleeding at all.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some minor moiré effects on one of the TV shots, but that was it. One short segment of film was affected by film artefacts, but the rest of the movie was in pristine condition.
Dialogue was always clear and easily intelligible. The opening scene with the young Michael Jordan and his father was very slightly out of sync, but sync was never a problem thereafter.
The music is an unremarkable combination of rap and syrupy-sweet ballads. The ballads seemed somewhat out of place in a movie of this nature. The music is mixed into the surround channels so that you are placed in the centre of the sound field.
The surround channels were frequently utilized, and aggressive directional effects came from all around the sound field. Left and right front directionality was frequently used with good effect. Music and effects were mixed into the rears, providing an overall enveloping sound experience.
The .1 channel was aggressively used for music and for effects, to good effect.
The video quality is very good, and nearly flawless.
The audio quality is reasonably good.
The extras are limited, but interesting. The menus for the Production Notes are counterintuitive to navigate.
© Michael Demtschyna
4th January 1999
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, 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|