DragonHeart: Collector's Edition
Universal / 1996 / 99 Mins / Rated M15+

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Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video


MOVIE
It is the 10th century. Bowen (Dennis Quaid) is a knight training Einon (David Thewlis) the son of an evil king the good ways of leadership but all this is in vain. During a battle the king is killed and Einon is mortally wounded. 

To save Einon he is taken to a dragon to save his life. A few years pass and Einon has become more oppressive and evil than his father. Distressed, Bowen goes on a dragon hunting spree thinking it was because the dragon polluted his soul. 

Finally Bowen comes to the last dragon named Draco. Soon they become friends and Bowen realizes that Einon is indeed evil as they band together to defeat Einon. This is a fun movie with heart.

VIDEO
This on isn't up to the usual CTHV standards. The transfer seems just a little soft and not as sharp as other movies that are out and about. There are no MPEG artifacts present and the colors are very well rendered. There was no film grain present on this print.

DragonHeart is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc.

AUDIO

Exceptional. This is a very strong DD5.1 soundtrack. The surrounds are used effectively as is the .1 channel during action sequences and music sequences. There were not any audio sync issues. Wonderful. There are also several other soundtrack languages on the disc as well that are not mentioned on the cover. This is dependant on your player though.

The dialog was easy to understand always.

EXTRAS

An outstanding set of extras in this package. On top of there production notes and filmographies you also get

Making Of Documentary: A great addition to this disc and shows how much work went into the making of the film.

Audio Commentary: A feature length commentary by director Rob Cohen which is very interesting and informative.

5 TV Spots: These are the standard TV spots from the US. These are a little annoying to find as you have to locate them via the chapter menu of the featurette. Why they couldn't put them into the main menu is beyond me??

2 Trailers: There are 2 trailers. 1 Theatrical and one teaser trailer. Both quite good in quality and sell the movie well.

Deleted Scenes & Archives: There are also 2 deleted scenes and an archives section with a bunch of photos and sketches. Phew!

Subtitles include: English.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Good disc, full of extras, just a little soft on the picture side. The audio rocks.

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, L, R, C, LS, RS, LFE.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 25 May 2000 00:30:31 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 99 minutes
Case Type: Brackley Case
Release Date: 13/11/1999
Catalog Number: DU30358
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 33
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
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: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes (1)
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: Yes
TV Spots: Yes
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: Yes
Deleted Scenes: Yes
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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