Swept From The Sea

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Details At A Glance

Category Drama Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 2 - Dolby Digital City, Columbia Tristar DVD Promo
Year Released 1997 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 109 minutes Other Extras Cast & Crew Filmographies
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 4 Director Beeban Kidron

Columbia Tristar
Starring Vincent Perez
Rachel Weisz
Ian McKellen
Joss Ackland
Kathy Bates
Case Transparent Amaray
RRP $34.95 Music John Barry

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0 )
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision Yes
Subtitles English
Smoking No

Plot Synopsis

    Swept From The Sea is a better-than-average romance. It is set in Cornwall, England, some time in the past, though this is not exactly specified.

    Yanko (Vincent Perez) is a Ukrainian who is travelling to America. His ship is shipwrecked off the coast of Cornwall, and he is the only survivor. At first, he is treated like a lunatic by everyone, except for Amy Foster (Rachel Weisz) who feeds and bathes him. Yanko falls in love with Amy, despite the opposition of the townsfolk.

Transfer Quality


    As we have come to expect from Columbia Tristar, this is essentially a perfect video transfer.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced. The DVD cover incorrectly indicates that this transfer is presented at 1.85:1.

    The transfer was razor sharp and crystal clear throughout, with just a hint here and there of some picture grain. I tend to use this phrase frequently when describing the clarity of image on DVD, but this one is truly exceptional in its ability to resolve fine details without artefacts. Shadow detail was excellent, and no low level noise was apparent.

    I noted two very slight skips in the image between 47:36 and 47:38, almost as if two single frames had been dropped.

    The colours were well rendered most of the time. A few of the scenes appeared marginally oversaturated, and some appear to have been shot deliberately quite blue, but I believe that this was the cinematographer's intent.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen. Film-to-video artefacts were non-existent. Film artefacts were non-existent.


    There are three audio tracks on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 2.0, surround-encoded, English Dolby Digital 5.1, and French Dolby Digital 5.1. I listened to the English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. As is always the inexplicable case when an English 2.0 surround-encoded soundtrack is on a Columbia Tristar disc, this is the default soundtrack

    Dialogue was always clear and easy to understand, even though there was a lot of ambient background noise at times.

    There were no audio sync problems.

    The score by John Barry was very symphonic, and the best word to describe it would be "sweeping".

     The surround channels were aggressively utilized for music and ambience. This mix is exceptional in creating an enveloping soundfield, from the railway yards to the various outdoor scenes, to the crashing of the various storms. The surround channels are used often, and loudly, but never to the extent of making it impossible to hear what is going on in the centre channel.

    The .1 channel received a surprisingly large amount of signal for this style of movie.


    The usual small helping of Columbia Tristar extras are on this disc. Both the DVCC splash and the Dolby Digital City trailer are on this disc. There are some production notes on the front inside cover of the case.

What's Missing / What's Extra

    The Region 1 version of this disc has a Pan & Scan version of the movie.


    The menu design is the average Columbia Tristar menu. The menu is not 16x9 enhanced.

Theatrical Trailer

    This is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.66:1, non-16x9 enhanced, with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. It sells the movie nicely, though it is very reminiscent of Legends Of The Fall.

DVD Trailer

    This is the new Columbia Tristar teaser trailer. It is presented at an aspect ratio of 4:3 with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.


    This is a limited list of the stars' film credits. I'm not sure that it is limited in extent, or that it is limited because none of the stars of this movie, with the exception of Kathy Bates, have a long filmography to begin with.


    Swept From The Sea is definitely a movie that your other half will enjoy. Fortunately, in all likelihood, you will enjoy it, too.

    The video quality is almost perfect.

    The audio quality is a great immersive mix.

    The extras are average for Columbia Tristar.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
1st June 1999

Review Equipment
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