The American President
Castle Rock / 1995 / 109 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
I have always been a fan of Rob Reiner movies since When Harry Met Sally. Be it Comedy or Drama he always knows how to make an entertaining movie.

Michael Douglas stars as President Andrew Shepherd who falls in love with Sydney Ellen Wade (Annette Benning) a political advisor.

Before his heart got the better of him, Shepherd had a very high approval rating of over 60 percent, now it's diving down quicker that a Japanese Kamikaze pilot.

The film also stars Richard Dreyfuss as his slimy opponent and hopeful Presidential candidate who will stop at nothing to smear Shepherds name.

The rest of Shepherd's cabinet is rounded out by Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox and David Paymer.

The American President is highly recommended.

VIDEO
A little bit of a let down on the video side. While not completely bad, it is not up to the usual standards of Columbia/Tri-Star.

The transfer is reasonably sharp but there are times when the transfer becomes quite soft.

Shadow detail is acceptable, as are the colors which are well rendered but not perfect.

There were no MPEG artifacts noted. There were quite a few film artifacts present in the form of some grain, lines and specks at various times in the movie.

The American President is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc. The layer change occurs at 56:20.

AUDIO

The American President includes a front heavy Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix.

There are quite a few audio tracks on this disc in several languages. I listened to the English track.

The surrounds are used very minimally to underscore wonderful music and that is about it. Most of the action is based at the center speaker which is okay as this is a dialog driven movie.

The dialog was always easy to hear on this movie.

EXTRAS

Bog standard extras are included on this disc and are more than welcome. 

Theatrical Trailer: A nice trailer if a little lacking technically. Dolby Digital 2.0, 1:85:1. 

Other extras include:

Production Notes
Cast Notes

Subtitles: Closed Captioned, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch

FINAL THOUGHTS
A wonderful and enjoyable movie that is well acted and well directed. You could do worse than this disc.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 11 Dec 2000 21:46:12 +1000 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 108 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 14/9/1999
Catalog Number: DU23170
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 33
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:


5.1 Surround
2.0 Surround
1.0 Mono

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:




English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Czech
Polish
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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