Dante's Peak
Universal / 1997 / 104 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
It seems that there is a resurgence of all things after a set amount of years, fashions, fads and movie genres.

The late 90's certainly proved this to be true with a resurgence in the disaster movie genre with movie such as Twister, Volcano and Dante's Peak.

Dante's Peak stars Pierce Brosnan fresh from his first stint as James Bond, starring as a Volcanologist who is sent to the small town of Dante's Peak to check out the town and it's strange seismic readings.

There he meets Linda Hamilton the small town's Mayor and her two kids. From there the story plays out like a standard fare disaster movie.

While much better than Volcano, Dantes Peak is not the best movie around. There are worse ways you could spend 2 hours. 

VIDEO
Dante's Peak contains a reference quality transfer in my book.

The transfer was completely sharp throughout. Shadow detail was perfect and completely detailed.

Colors were well rendered throughout.

There were no MPEG artifacts or film artifacts present. Why can't all transfers be like this?

Dante's Peak is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc. The layer change occurs at 46:36. It is quite disruptive to the flow of the movie.

AUDIO

Dante's Peak includes a wonderful Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. 

In fact it includes quite a few Dolby Digital soundtracks! 8 to be exact. Those sound tracks include an English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Hungarian and Polish. Phew!

Our English soundtrack in a word, wonderful. All the speakers are perfectly integrated into the sound stage. The surrounds were aggressively used when required by the action on screen. The .1 channel was also very aggressive and lent itself to the onscreen action as well.

EXTRAS

Only a few extras to speak of on this disc. 

Theatrical Trailer: A standard trailer framed at 1:85:1 with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. Average.

Other extras include:

Production Notes
Cast Notes

Subtitles: Closed Captioned, French, Greek, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A great disc technically. The movie is enjoyable. The extras are limited.

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: 30 Nov 2000 16:12:55 +1000 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 104 Mins
Case Type: Keep Case
Release Date: 12/7/2000
Catalog Number: DU29738
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 38
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
Hungarian
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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