Tin Cup

Details At A Glance

Category Drama Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1996 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 129 minutes Other Extras Cast & Crew Biographies
Production Notes
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 4 Director Ron Shelton

Warner Bros
Starring Kevin Costner
Rene Russo
Cheech Marin
Don Johnson
RRP $29.95 Music William Ross

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    
Macrovision ?    
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired

Plot Synopsis

    Tin Cup is the story of Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner), a golf pro who runs a driving range in Salome, Texas. Roy is a great golfer, but has a bad habit of letting pride take over his game. One day, a woman comes to have golf lessons with Roy - Dr Molly Griswold (Rene Russo). She just happens to be the girlfriend of golf pro David Simms (Don Johnson). Roy immediately covets her, and to prove it, he decides that he will enter the US Open with his caddie and confidante Romeo Posar (Cheech Marin) and beat David, an old rival from way back.

    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.

Transfer Quality


    This is a virtually perfect transfer, with only a very minor quibble with aliasing.

    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.


    There is only one audio track on this DVD, English Dolby Digital 5.1.

    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 extras on this disc are very limited.


    The menu design is a very plain Warner Bros menu with nothing particularly remarkable about it. Scene selections are limited. There is no theatrical trailer on this disc.

Production Notes

    These are extensive and well worth the time to read them.

Cast & Crew Biographies

    These are also reasonably extensive and worth the read.


    Tin Cup is worth a watch at least, especially if you are a Kevin Costner fan.

    The video quality is generally excellent with some minor aliasing difficulties.

    The audio quality is average.

    The extras are very limited.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
19th February 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