|Category||Comedy||Theatrical Trailer (16x9, Dolby
Digital 2.0) (1:59)
Featurette - The Making Of... (6:29)
Featurette - Cast Video Diary (1:11)
|Running Time||88:41 Minutes|
Luke De Lacey
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384
German (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1, 384 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||Yes, moderately|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes, some narration in the credits|
The film's basic premise runs a little like this: seventeen-year-old Justine (Laura Fraser) goes to a technology fair with a nerdy friend and creates her perfect man in a virtual reality simulator. A freak accident brings the simulated man to life, but he is blessed (or cursed) with having the mind of his designer, which is pretty much the comedic premise of the film. I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking that I've seen this kind of film before, so I think that will leave my synopsis at that. Just once, I would like to see a film or television show that depicts a seventeen-year-old in a realistic fashion. Heaven knows that I have stories about the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth year of my life that would make the blood circulating within the writers of this kind of dreck turn to ice. A clever salesman might try to sell you this film on the fact that it is British, but make no mistake: this is no Trainspotting or Eat The Rich, and it doesn't hold a candle to The Velvet Goldmine, even if it does outdo the last of those three for full-frontal male nudity (those of you who would be offended by this, you have been warned).
In a nutshell, if you enjoy films like Clueless, or are able to kid yourself that films like The Craft are more than an exercise in self-satire, then this film will sit nicely in your collection. However, if you're like me, and feel offended by such films as The Blair Witch Project because of their resemblance to German World War II propaganda movies, then I strongly advise you give this film a big miss. Bear in mind, however, that you may enjoy this ninety-minute trip if you leave your brain at the door, and also that I am by nature incapable of doing this, as I need my brain there (and stimulated) to enjoy anything.
The film is razor sharp throughout, although some shots suffered from softness in areas that weren't focused upon in the photography. The shadow detail is good, but hardly what I would call brilliant. This is forgivable, however, because most of the film is quite brightly lit. There was no low-level noise at any point in the film.
The colour saturation can best be described as being overly rich, with much of the film looking as if it were lit with spotlights or drawn with a child's crayons. This is not the fault of the transfer, but rather a problem with the set design, the lighting, and photography. The transfer is simply reflective of the way the film was made, with the end result being something like those weird Pentium commercials with the guys in brightly-coloured suits.
MPEG artefacts were not especially noticeable during the film. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some very mild aliasing in fine lines, but this is so scarce as to not be there at all. Film artefacts were similarly absent.
The dialogue is clear and easy to make out at all times (more's the pity), and there are no audio sync problems to laugh at, either.
The music is credited to one Rupert Gregson-Williams, and an especially uninspiring effort it is, too. Not that this is particularly bad, it is just reflective of the film itself. If you're looking for a film with good music based around this subject matter, then there are certainly much better ones available elsewhere.
The surround channels are frequently active, supporting the music and various ambient sounds. Having said that much, there is nothing particularly spectacular about the surround usage, simply because the film doesn't give them anything particularly inspiring to do. It is perplexing to think that this is a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, because a Dolby Pro-Logic mix could have done the job just as well. The subwoofer was intermittently present, putting a floor on the occasional sound effect and some of the music.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is just above average.
|DVD||Grundig GDV 100 D, using composite output; Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Panasonic TC-29R20 (68 cm), 4:3 mode, using composite input; Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), 16:9 mode/4:3 mode, using composite and S-video inputs|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Speakers||Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer|