|Year Released||1974||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||83:25 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Paul A. Partain
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||2.0|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Dolby Digital||2.0|
|16x9 Enhancement||No||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 ,
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192Kb/s)
English (MPEG 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
English (MPEG 2.0 mono, 192Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, mildly|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Sally (Marilyn Burns), her invalid brother Franklin (Paul A. Partain), and her friends Jerry (Allen Danniger), Kirk (William Vale) and Pam (Teri McMinn) are off to visit a family grave in a graveyard that has been desecrated. Their troubles begin when they pick up a hitch-hiker (Edwin Neal) who is somewhat unbalanced...
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer severely lacks definition and is quite blurry throughout, making the image very hard to look at, particularly early on in the movie. Shadow detail is poor, and occasional low level noise intrudes into the image. One thing I will say for this transfer is that there is little in the way of film grain present in the final image, which is surprising given the 16mm source material.
Colours were faded and muted. Some of the intensely blue scenes at night showed some chroma noise, but generally colours were too faded for this to be much of an issue.
MPEG artefacts were seen on occasion and were of two types; the typical MPEG background blockiness, and also some odd motion blur which was not attributable to motion blur, but rather to MPEG motion compensation artefacts. This is despite the bit rate of this transfer being right up at the 10Mb/sec maximum data rate of DVD.
Film-to-video artefacts were rare, though there was some telecine wobble during the opening credits. Some video artefacts were present in the image, consisting of video dropouts in the image - these exhibited themselves as white lines across the image periodically - they were more frequent during the latter half of the movie, and were quite distracting, especially since this type of artefact is so rarely seen on DVD. Film artefacts were present, but never to a particularly distracting extent.
Dialogue was muffled, distorted and indistinct throughout, making it hard to understand what was going on. Comparing the original and the remastered soundtracks reveals that a significant amount of hiss has been removed from the remastered soundtrack, though the limited frequency response of the original soundtrack remains.
There were no audio sync problems with this transfer.
The music by Tobe Hooper and Wayne Bell is eerie and unusual, adding to the effect of the movie nicely.
The surrounds were used unevenly and rarely. Some rare ambience and music made its way into the surround channel, but generally the soundtrack was front-and-centre only, with some panned monaural special effects being placed to the left and right of the image.
The .1 channel had very little use with this soundtrack.
The video quality is poor, though this can mainly be attributed to the source material.
The audio quality is poor, though once again this can be attributed to the source material.
There are no extras.
© Michael Demtschyna
24th December 1999
|DVD||Toshiba 2109, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 4:3 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|