Michael Collins
Geffen Pictures / 1996 / 127 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
Michael Collins is the story of well... Michael Collins who was a political activist in Ireland early last century.

Michael Collins, who is played brilliantly by Liam Neeson takes part in the Easter Rising of 1916 against the British. After the Irish surrender to the British he is sent to jail, upon release he becomes something of an olden day IRA agent.

On the opposite side of the coin is Eamon de Valera the President of the Irish Republic who is played brilliantly by Allan Rickman.

After a massacre of many British soldiers, the British obviously retaliate and massacre many IRA members.

After the massacre, Michael Collins goes to England to broker a treaty which is accepted by the people but not by his own government.

This movie is solidly written but is let down by some sloppy direction in places. The movie also drags on a little bit too long, but there is certainly nothing wrong with the acting talent assembled with includes Julia Roberts & Aidan Quinn to name but a few.

VIDEO
A excellent quality picture is on show for this disc.

The transfer is perfectly sharp throughout the movie. Shadow detail is exemplary with excellent definition.

Colors were vivid throughout and really added to an already great transfer.

There were no MPEG artifacts present. Film artifacts were a rare occurrence but they were sadly visible.

Michael Collins is framed at 1:85:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a dual-sided, single layer disc, ie: FLIPPER! it is very disruptive to the movie.

AUDIO

A solid Dolby Digital 5.1 mix with quite aggressive use of the surround channels as well as the .1 channel.

While the soundtrack doesn't do anything spectacular with surround separation, it is always constant which creates a nice balanced sound field.

EXTRAS

You know I find it funny that Warner Bros. buttered us up with nice extras at the start of the format and then scrooge moved in for quite a while. At least now they are releasing some good titles with nice extras, anyway onto the disc.

Theatrical Trailer: A good quality trailer that is encoded in DD2.0 surround sound. 1:85:1.

Documentary - The Southbank Show: A good 50 minute documentary from LWT about the real Michael Collins that interviews with Neil Jordan and footage of the real Michael Collins. Good quality.

Other extras include:

Production Notes
Cast Notes

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Closed Captioned, French.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A good disc for your collection. But the movie will not appeal to everyone. Good for a rental at least.

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: 14 Dec 2000 23:16:24 +1000 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 108 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 7/10/1998
Catalog Number: 14205
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Columbia/Tri-Star
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters: 39 (Side A)
10 (Side B)
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
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: None
Languages: English
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: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: Yes
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