The Chine Syndrome
Columbia / 1978 / 118 Mins / Rated PG

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MOVIE
The China Syndrome is a very relevant movie in this day and in the time when it was released, in fact the movie was released a few weeks before the 3 mile island meltdown in Pennsylvania. The story revolves around a reporter and her cameraman played by Fonda & Douglas respectively who are touring a nuclear power plant when it has what is deemed a little glitch. Secretly Michael Douglas films this and it is revealed that it was more than a glitch, what they have uncovered is an accident waiting to happen. Jack Lemmon plays the control room supervisor who knows that there is something wrong and is convinced to come out and tell the truth about the danger this plant is, there is one little catch though, the plant operators they will stop at nothing to make sure there secret never gets out. Great Stuff.
VIDEO

As great as the movie is, sadly the same cannot be said for the transfer. At times it seemed somewhat fuzzy and lacked detail compared to other CTHV releases but on the whole the transfer was better than others I have seen and the movie looks much cleaner than the previous versions I have seen.

The China Syndrome is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO

Because of the age of this movie there is only a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack. The case states a 1.0 soundtrack. The 2.0 mix does sound very flat though and does sound mono so the box is technically correct.

The dialog was clear throughout

EXTRAS
Whoa, look at all those subtitles. Although technically not an extra it's good to see a disc getting more subtitles for people who cannot understand the languages on offer. As for the main extras all you really get is a Theatrical Trailer that is in a 4:3 full screen version in DD 2.0 sound and some Filmographies
FINAL THOUGHTS
Not a demo disc at all, but if your looking for a very well acted movie this is a good candidate.

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.
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Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 00:02:27 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 120 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 18/10/1999
Catalog Number: D10002
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 28
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: Sony DVD Center
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

2.0 Mono

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