Red Dawn
MGM / 1984 / 110 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
Red Dawn was one of my favorite fantasy/reality movies of the 80's along with Wargames and The Day After, that toyed with the idea of World War III.

Red Dawn is the story of a group of kids from a small Colorado town. One day while at school, the students notice paratroopers landing outside. Wondering what is going on one of the teachers goes outside to check and is executed.

Realizing what has happened, the students flee. Along the way, Jed (Patrick Swayze) manages to pickup his brother Matt (Charlie Sheen), Robert (C. Thomas Howell) and Daryl (Darren Dalton) and they flee to the mountains with all the supplies they can muster.

Time passes and the boys grow more eager to know what is going on in their once peaceful town so the boys make a trip back home. 

Realizing what is happening the boys decide to make a fight of it and they regroup back to the mountain to plan, bombings, ambushes and surprise attacks against the Russians. Soon the Wolverines are born.

This is a good solid movie with good performances from the main cast. Highly Recommended.

VIDEO
No restoration has been done to this movie from the looks of this print.

Shadow detail was acceptable on the whole except for a few scenes where it was very black.

Colors were well rendered and looked the part throughout. Flesh tones were done very well.

There were no MPEG artifacts noted on this transfer but film artifacts were rampant. The artifacts exist throughout the print and although they are not overly distracting as they are quite small, it is still a small hindrance.

Red Dawn is framed at 1:85:1 and is not 16:9 enhanced. But this is expected as it looks like a complete copy of the R1 release, even down to the packaging, bar a few differences that our R4 includes. Also the packaging says there is a full screen version, this was inherited from the R1 packaging and is not included on our version.

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc. The layer change occurs at 58:42.

AUDIO

While there is no Dolby Digital 5.1 remix available for this title, a very good Dolby Digital 2.0 mix is included on the disc which is surround encoded. Thankfully the mono only track that is stated on the cover is not included.

The mix on Red Dawn is quite good considering. Most of the soundstage is based towards the front of the soundstage. Surround use is minimal but when used, the surrounds are used effectively.

The subwoofer integrated well into the track.

EXTRAS

This disc has only a few extras to offer. 

Theatrical Trailer: Your standard 80's theatrical trailer. Nothing special. 1:85:1, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround.

Booklet: A standard 8 page production booklet with production notes.

Subtitles: English, German, German Closed Captioned, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A great movie on a passable DVD. MGM & Fox really need to get there act together and fix there packaging quick smart.

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: 11 Nov 2000 23:03:23 +1000 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 110 Mins
Case Type: Clear Amaray
Release Date: 19/10/2000
Catalog Number: 15892SDW
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 32
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 1:85:1
Anamorphic: None
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
German
French
Italian
Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: Yes
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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