|Year Released||1996||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||129 minutes||Other Extras||Cast & Crew Biographies
|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 5.1)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
English for the Hearing Impaired
Does Roy get the girl? Does Roy win the US Open? For the answers to these questions, insert and watch the DVD.
Overall, I thought that this was an OK movie, with Kevin Costner playing the same stoical part he always plays. It was a reasonable way to pass 2 hours of time. The first 15 minutes or so in particular are quite funny as a result of Cheech Marin's excellent comedic timing.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was razor sharp and crystal clear at all times. Shadow detail was excellent, and there was no low level noise.
The colours were warm and well saturated throughout without ever descending into oversaturation.
No MPEG artefacts were noted. Aliasing was only very rarely present. The most significant moments when it was present was on slow vertical and horizontal pans when the picture shimmered somewhat and threatened to break up. This was the only significant defect in this transfer. Film artefacts were very rare and essentially non-existent.
Dialogue was almost always completely clear and audible. Some dialogue, especially at the start of the movie, was a little hard to hear, but it was otherwise fine.
There were no audio sync problems with this disc.
The musical score is by William Ross. It was frequently present, without being remarkable.
The surround channels were moderately used for ambience and for music.
The .1 channel was lightly used.
The video quality is generally excellent with some minor aliasing difficulties.
The audio quality is average.
The extras are very limited.
© Michael Demtschyna
19th February 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|