|Category||Action||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1|
|Year Released||1997||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||97 minutes||Other Extras||Cast & Crew Interviews
Featurette - Untitled (6 mins)
Featurette - Making Of (13 mins)
Roadshow Home Entertainment
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||5.1|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||5.1|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
English (MPEG 5.1)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
A lot of people have canned this movie. I personally quite enjoyed it. It had the feel of an amusement park ride. Ray Liotta is a very one-dimensional bad guy, and some of the stunts were too outrageous, and there were numerous gaping plot holes, but I managed to suspend my disbelief almost the entire way through the movie and just enjoyed the audio-visual experience. If you are looking for a deep and meaningful plot, look elsewhere. If you are looking for something to entertain you with excellent visuals and great audio, look no further.
The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer was very clear and very sharp at all times. Shadow detail was generally excellent. Very small amounts of low level noise marred the picture ever so slightly at times.
The colours were nicely balanced and perfectly saturated throughout.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. I did not spot any significant film-to-video artefacts. There were a few scattered film artefacts - mainly white flecks - here and there, but these were minor and non-intrusive.
The movie has a total running time of 97 minutes (incorrectly stated on the packaging as being 101 minutes).
This disc is an RSDL disc. The layer change does not appear to occur during the movie. I believe that the layer change separates the movie from the extras. Hence, it is completely inobtrusive.
Dialogue was mostly clear and easily understood in this movie, though a few words here and there are drowned out a little by the music and the special effects.
There were no audio sync problems with the movie.
The musical score was written by Shirley Walker. It is a score which accompanies the on-screen action nicely and significantly enhances the overall impact of the movie.
The surround channels were used moderately heavily for music and special effects. The overall effect is to create a reasonably enveloping soundfield.
The .1 channel was used moderately heavily.
The video quality is near reference quality.
The audio quality is excellent.
The extras are standard Roadshow Home Entertainment fare, though a little better than usual.
© Michael Demtschyna
11th March 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|