L.A. Confidential
Warner Bros. / 1997 / 132 Mins / Rated MA15+


MOVIE
L.A. Confidential is a great movie based on the novel by James Elroy. Set in Hollywood of the 40's the picture paints a gritty look at crime and life of that period, in fact it is a type of film noir movie without all the darkened & moody scenes. 

It's the story of 3 cops who are intertwined in a mystery that will see loyalties divided. After the local Mafia hood is sent up the river for tax evasion, the city is up for the taking for someone to take over from the now convicted hood. But who is it? Another Mafia guy? or someone else. 

While this whole back story is going on a mass murder is committed in a local cafe and an ex-cop is murdered as well. As the police begin to piece together the clues they begin to wonder if each crime is connected. 

There is so much going on in this movie you actually need to see it a couple of time to really appreciate it. And it makes it hard to explain the movie without spoiling it. You just have to see it. The movie also has a great cast including, Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pierce, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell & Kim Basinger.

VIDEO
The video on L.A. Confidential is quite impressive and seems very clear and sharp for about 99% of the movie. The dark scenes were very clean and well rendered which is a great promotion for the cinematographer. Overall I was very impressed. That the few scenes that did have a little problem, weren't enough to detract from the movie.

There were no MPEG artifacts present. The original print looked clean.

L.A. Confidential is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is an RSDL disc.

AUDIO
The movie itself is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and seemed very immersive. The music enveloped the surround speakers when used and so did some action sequences where a lot of shooting was involved. The .1 channel was used as well when it was required, mainly during the shootout scenes and in some music. There is also a music only soundtrack included on the DVD, it sounds quite nice actually and you get to hear the great old music and new Jerry Goldsmith score without and dialog if you want.
EXTRAS
This is where the DVD really shines. The disc includes a heap of extra's so lets begin. Firstly there is the theatrical trailer, 3 TV. spots, mini docos, Production Notes, Scene Access a great animated menu, cast profiles, interactive maps, music only score and more. The TV. spots are a great little feature. So, yes I was quite impressed.
FINAL THOUGHTS
I would consider this to be one of the best buys at the moment, for a region 4 DVD, great movie, great sound, great extras, trailers, TV. Spots and more make this a must have DVD. Get it you won't be disappointed.

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 18:01:02 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating MA15+
Running Time: 132 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 11/12/98
Catalog Number: 14913
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 40
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: Music Only Track
Languages:


English
French
Italian
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: Yes (3)
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes (3)
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: Yes
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