Desperate Measures
Columbia Pictures / 1997 / 100 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
Here's a fun action/adventure that is also part thriller. Frank Conner (Andy Garcia) is a respected cop who's sun dying and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. After breaking into the FBI crime lab, he discovers that the only man compatible with his son is a convicted serial killer, Peter McCabe (Michael Keaton) in a great role. 

So Conner offers him a deal, give his son some bone marrow and his life behind bars will be a lot easier, McCabe agrees, but he has another plan.

When McCabe arrives at the hospital and is being prepped for surgery, he manages to escape and run riot around the hospital. Now Conner's only hope for his son is running around and the police are trying to kill him. But there's a catch if he dies, Conner's son won't be able to get his transplant. Great stuff.

VIDEO

Good, another widesceen title by Village. On the whole the picture quality is quite impressive. There wasn't very many glitches in the print at all, the colors seemed very natural and the dark scenes were well rendered. There was the occasional MPEG artifact present, that's why the disc get a lower score in my book. There were also the occasional speck and noise in some scenes as well.

Desperate Measures is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO
As usual with Village Roadshow titles, there are two sound formats on the disc. Dolby Digital 5.1 and MPEG 5.1 sound. I listened to the DD5.1 soundtrack. The mix itself sounded rather flat and was centralized more to the front of the soundstage. The surrounds were really only used to emphasize certain sound effects and the .1 channel hardly peeped, except in some explosions, so I was rather disappointed.
EXTRAS
The usual from Village, trailer, production notes, scene access, and a few little mini clips of interviews cobbled together, I really think they need to change this.
FINAL THOUGHTS
Another acceptable DVD from VR, there slowly restoring my faith in them. I was rather disappointed at some of there earlier releases, but it looks like they are working harder at there releases. If you like a good trailer, get this one. It's fun.

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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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 00:23:10 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 100 minutes
Case Type: Clip Case
Release Date: 18/1/1999
Catalog Number: 1018459
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Village Roadshow
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 28
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVM
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: MPEG 5.1 Surround
Languages: English
Subtitles: None
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: None
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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