Dark City
New Line Cinema / 1997 / 100 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
When I first heard about this movie, the premise sounded great. A man wakes up with no memory and is wanted for a series of murders.

Now I missed this one at the movies and I must say, I'm a little disappointed and glad I did miss it now, because this movie is very strange, but I should have realized as this was directed by Alex Proyas of The Crow fame.

The man without a memory is John Murdock (Rufus Sewell), he escapes from his hotel room and now must unravel the mystery behind this city and who everyone really is and who he can trust.

That said, the movie is a mind jarring journey until the end. But I came out wondering why I bothered.

VIDEO

Can't complain here. This is the best Village Roadshow disc I have seen. The picture quality is exceptionally sharp with virtually no errors or artifacts that I could see. Wonderful.

Dark City is framed at 2:35:1 and is16:9 enhanced.

This is a Single Sided, Single Layer disc.

AUDIO

The audio in Dark city is comparable to the visual side in every way. Dark City is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 and MPEG Multi channel 5.1, I listened to the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The surround channels receive quite a workout from the opening scenes. Music, ambient sounds and sound effects are present throughout the print. The .1 channel is also used for underscore the music and ambient sounds.

The dialog was clear all the way through.

EXTRAS
Like all Village Roadshow discs there are limited extras on this disc. You get the Theatrical Trailer framed at 2:35:1 with DD2.0 sound which is pretty boring and doesn't sell the movie very well. You also get a crap featurette that goes for about 5 mins. The menus are also well animated which is a good change.

There are no subtitles on this disc.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Strange movie, excellent transfer. If your not sure about the movie I would recommend a rental first.

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: 25 May 2000 00:19:55 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 100 minutes
Case Type: Clip Case
Release Date: 23/2/1999
Catalog Number: 1018439
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Village Roadshow
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 16
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVM
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: MPEG 5.1 Surround
Languages: English
Subtitles: No
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: Yes
Production Notes: None
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