Shine
Roadshow / 1996 / 130 Mins / Rated PG


MOVIE
David Helfgott, a child prodigy on the piano who is treated awfully by his father who won't let him grow up, has a complete breakdown while a teenager. 

David is not able to express himself properly until his 40's when he meets the woman who changes his life. The young Helfgott is played by Noah Taylor and as he ages the role moves onto Geoffrey Rush, in his academy award winning role. 

Also in the cast are Armin Mueller Stahl as David's father and Lyn Redgrave and Gillian, David's wife.

VIDEO
Yet another Roadshow DVD I am not exactly happy with, while the transfer is generally clean, although there is a little noise in the darkened scenes, the bloody thing is in pan & scan, and if there is anything that peeves me off more it that. Why couldn't Roadshow release it in it's original format? That's what I thought DVD was good for! Two versions, P&S and Widescreen. So you guys lose points big time. Now I know that Wild Rhapsody is also in P&S as well, but as that was a television program originally they wouldn't have filmed it in a widesceen format, that's why it gets off. But Shine and Priscilla have a lot to answer for!

Shine is framed in 4:3 Pan & Scan.

This is a single-sided, single layer disc.

AUDIO
Again another mislabeled disc, the only sound formats on the disc are Dolby Surround and MPEG 2, and while they sound more clear than it's VHS counterpart (though not much) it's is an acceptable sound-field.
EXTRAS
Scene selections, trailers and a Featurette, so not overly bad on the extra side, but is missing stuff like subtitles, other sound formats, production notes, etc.
FINAL THOUGHTS
If you like the movie, it's not a bad buy, but I would still go for the widesceen VHS version that is available, it includes all the same extras as well. Oh and the movie isn't chaptered as well as I like, only 13 chapters for a 130 minute movie, no thanks. I would expect around 30.

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 21:20:30 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating PG
Running Time: 130 Mins
Case Type: Clip Case
Release Date: 21/11/1997
Catalog Number:
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Village Roadshow
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-SL
Chapters: 13
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: DVM
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Pan & Scan
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

2.0 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: None
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: None
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