Meet Joe Black
Universal / 1998 / 180 Mins / Rated PG-13


MOVIE
It was only about a month since I saw this one at the theatre, I liked it so much I thought I would get it and here it is. Bill Parish (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is a wealthy mogul who is about to have his 65th birthday, in the opening scenes he gets some pain in his left arm and he hears a voice saying "yes."

He ignores it and life goes on, the next day his daughter Susan (Claire Forlani) is eating in a coffee shop and meets a charming young man (Brad Pitt) after there meeting he is hit by a car & killed. 

Meanwhile, that night bill meets the same man and he is told that he is Death and he has come to take Bill, at first he doesn't believe him but the strange man makes him an offer. 

Show me how to live and you can spend some more time on this earth, Bill agrees and what follows is a fun tale of life, love and making the most of life, even if there are large hurdles to jump. Highly Recommended.

VIDEO
The video quality of this disc exhibits generally good color fidelity with only a few slight inconsistencies. There was some slight noise and shimmer in the print but this was only a minor problem and all the objects were very sharp throughout

Meet Joe Black is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced, also like The Truman Show the picture is not framed properly at the center either, but this is a little gripe.

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc. The layer change is very well hidden, I could not find it.

AUDIO

There are several sound formats on this disc. English Dolby Digital 5.1 & French Dolby Digital 2.0. I listened to the English DD5.1 soundtrack. The soundtrack was mainly centered to the front of the soundstage with the surrounds getting used for music and ambient sound, it is very clear though.

The dialog is easy to listen to and is very well mixed. Wonderful.

EXTRAS
You get a few minor extras on this disc, Cast & Crew/Production notes about the movie, a small documentary that runs for about 5 mins. The theatrical trailer and a trailer for 12 Monkeys.
FINAL THOUGHTS
A great purchase and worthy addition to your collection.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

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DVD Player:
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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 19:00:35 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 1
No of Discs: 1
MPAA Rating PG-13
Running Time: 180 Mins
Case Type: Black Amaray
Release Date: 6/4/99
Catalog Number: 20531
List Price: Personal Import
Distributor: Universal
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: NTSC
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 18
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVCC
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround
2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages:

English
French
Subtitles: Yes
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: Yes
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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