A Perfect Murder
Warner Bros. / 1998 / 103 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
How hard is it for Hollywood to make a movie these days? It seems that nearly everything being released is a remake of another movie or TV show.

Some bad some good. Why remake Dial M for Murder though, it's a classic Hitchcock movie at it's best. After seeing this though I am happy that the remake isn't that bad. Anyway, for those of you who haven't seen it revolves around a plan for Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) to have his wife knocked off, she's worth a few dollars if she dies. 

See Steven is having money problems so he thinks this will solve the problem. His wife, Emily Taylor (Gwenyth Paltrow) is having an affair and Michael knows this, he also knows that her lover has a shady past so he proposes that he knock off his wife for him and then they part ways. 

This is where things start to go downhill, while trying to kill Emily she ends up killing her lover and Steven's plan goes all pear shaped. The movie itself basically keeps in line with the original although it does deviate slightly in parts. Above Average.

VIDEO
Generally high quality on this release. Blacks are deep blacks. Contrast & color saturation are all fine. There is some MPEG artifacts in the print for about 5 Mins in the middle of the movie, but that is the biggest gripe.

A Perfect Murder is a dual sided disc with the 1:85:1 version on side A that is 16:9 enhanced and the 4:3 full frame version is on side B.

This is a dual sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO
The movie has a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and on the whole it sounds very flat. The surrounds were mainly used for ambience and some music. The .1 channel was barely used at all.
EXTRAS
A few extras on this disc, but they are still pretty limited. Firstly there is the alternate ending, and I can see why they left it out of the movie. 

There are also 2 commentary tracks.  One by Andrew Davis, Michael Douglas & Patrick Kelly. 

The Second is by Peter MacGregor Scott & Dariuz Wolski. The First track is easily the best and it shows a lot of info about the movie, direction & script. 

The second is more limited and seemed a little more lifeless and dull.

Subtitles included are: English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This is a good movie and a worthy addition to your collection. The only downside is the extras, maybe a trailer or documentary could have completed this set nicely.

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: 24 May 2000 15:08:52 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 103 minutes
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 17/5/1999
Catalog Number: 16643
List Price: 34.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: No Label
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters: 32
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio:

1:85:1 Side A
4:3 Side B
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

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


English
French
Italian
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes (2) 
Theatrical Trailer: None
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: Alternate Ending
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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