|Category||Drama||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 1 - 1.33:1 non-16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono|
|Year Released||1998||Commentary Tracks||Yes, 1 - David Mamet (Director & Screenwriter), Rebecca Pidgeon, Sir Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam|
|Running Time||100:11 minutes||Other Extras||Featurette - Behind The Scenes
Biographies - Cast & Crew
|Starring||Sir Nigel Hawthorne
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital 2.0|
||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 ,
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||?||
German Audio Commentary
Dutch Audio Commentary
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Adapted from a play, this is a slow-paced film with little to reward an impatient audience. However, should your fancies tend towards a good story with genuine character development, not to mention superb acting from everyone involved, then you almost certainly will enjoy this movie.
The movie is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
First off, there is a distinct lack of detail and sharpness in the image, not at all in keeping with expectations. Closely related to this is the high level of edge enhancement, which smears detail. The result of this is a fairly poor image with little definition, and at times it was dreadful. The contrast and brightness of the image is also off-the-mark, being too bright. At times, the white level saturates the image, with information lost during these times. Shadow detail is very good, but only because of the artificially high white level and low contrast.
The colour balance never seemed to be quite right, usually being undersaturated. This was especially apparent in flesh tones, although this is almost certainly the result of the incorrect white level, and was something I never really was comfortable with.
There were no MPEG artefacts to speak of, though
the transfer did have a very slight motion smear at times. I was quite
apprehensive at the very start of the movie due to the high amount of specks
and dirt, but these all but vanished for the remainder of the movie. There
were no film-to-video artefacts save for the slight motion blur, with no
trace of aliasing.
Dialogue was always clear and easy to understand, something no doubt helped by the perfectly correct enunciation of the English language from the actors. It was a joy to listen to words being fully and roundly spoken, not to mention the courteous manner which accompanies such refinement. We are simply a lazy lot these days, and I dread to think what state our language will be in down the track; poor, methinks.
The quaint musical score is subtle and never prominent. This is an entirely dialogue-driven move, and in fact the score is rarely noticed.
The sound mix is very centre-heavy, again since this
is a dialogue piece. There is the odd use of the surrounds, but by and
large it could be considered a mono movie.
|Surround Channel Use|
The video transfer is plain, and well below par.
The soundtrack is also quite plain, being purely functional.
Heralded quite wrongly as a Special Edition, this
disc has a trailer and a commentary. This disc would be better off as a
bargain bin special, and the asking price of $40 is ludicrous.
|DVD||Panasonic A360 (S-Video output)|
|Display||Rear-Projection Pioneer SD-T43W1 125cm Widescreen 16x9|
|Audio Decoder||d t s 5.1 & Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD Player internal decoder)|
|Amplification||Sony STRDE-525 5x100 watts Dolby Pro-Logic / 5.1 Ready Receiver; 4 x Optimus 10-band Graphic EQ|
|Speakers||Centre: Sony SS-CN35 100 watt; Main & Surrounds: Pioneer CS-R390-K 150-watt floorstanders; Subwoofer: Optimus 100-watt passive|