As Good As It Gets
Tri-Star / 1997 / 133 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE

The theatrical trailer says to plug this movie "Why is it the people we can't live with, are the people we can't live without." How true, the first time you see this movie, what with Jack's hatred of pretty much everyone and thing, Helen Hunt's general dislike of Jack, even though she thinks he somewhat cute.

The only one that seems to love anyone one is the dog, but he does steal the show, but it is a good race between him and some of the lines Jack shouts out along the way. Now I won't beat around the bush some of it is rather racist. The story revolves around Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) a obsessive-compulsive romance novelist, who hates germs, little animals, kids, blacks and pretty much anything else in the world. 

The only steady constant for him is Carol (Helen Hunt) a waitress at his local restaurant who he is in love with. After his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear) is badly beaten by a couple of low-life scumbag robbers, Simon's dog is dumped into Melvin's care, now after seeing how Melvin treated the dog in the opening credits, you think it's curtains for the dog. Well you would be forgiven, the dog actually changes his life forever and helps him mellow down and he slowly becomes more accepting to people, and closer to Carol along the way.

VIDEO
This transfer is faultless, I couldn't find a thing wrong with it. It even surpasses Columbia/Tri-Star's own high standards for video. What else is there to say.

As Good As It Gets is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a dual sided, dual layer disc with the layer change occurring at the 66 minute mark.

AUDIO

There are a couple of sound formats on this disc, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1 & English Dolby Digital 2.0 Commentary track. The soundtrack itself was clear and easy to listen to, the soundstage itself was more centralized to the front and the surrounds were used lightly. The .1 channel went on strike for this one.

The dialog was very clear and easy to listen to and not at all hard to make out, the same can also be said for the dialog in the commentary track.

EXTRAS
This disc has a set of extra's that should really be mandatory on all DVD's now. The original theatrical trailer in DD2.0 framed at 1:78:1, a feature length commentary that features all the main stars and filmmakers, the commentary itself is funny to listen to and they do give a good lot of information to the viewer. It's the kind of commentary that sounds like one of the stars have just popped in the door for a minute and they will have a quick chat & leave type of thing. Also on the disc are the cast notes on the makers and stars of the movie.

Subtitles include: English, French, Dutch, Arabic.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Again another great transfer by CTHV, great movie. Put it in your collection today.

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 15:11:31 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 133 minutes
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 3/3/1999
Catalog Number: D26461
List Price: 34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 28
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

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

English
French
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes 
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: City Trailer
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: No
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