Sphere: Special Edition
Warner Bros / 1998 / 129 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
It seems like all recent Sci-Fi movies of the 90's are written by Michael Crichton, this one is no exception. Now I've read the book to this one and I quite liked it, but the movie doesn't seem to translate as well. The basic story revolves around a spaceship that crashed into the pacific ocean 300 years ago and now it's been found. So the government has called in 4 doctors and scientists to make first contact with the beings inside, if there are any at all. After exploring the ship, they realize that the ship is actually from Earth of the future. But how if it's from the earth of the future, is there no record of them ever being there. Do they die and no-one ever finds out, so there record never goes into the history books, or is there another explanation. You'll have to watch for yourself.
VIDEO

This is really the only falling of the disc. While on the whole the movie has acceptable picture quality there are several scenes with severe MPEG artifacts and there seems to be a lot of grain in some of the dark scenes. But other that that gripe, it seems okay, but remember most of the movie is in darkened scenes.

AUDIO
Sphere is encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 like all the WB discs and is quite impressive. The surround channels get a good working out in the action scenes as well as the .1 channel. Dialogue was always easy to listen to and is quite impressive to listen to.
EXTRAS
Again another WB DVD with a heap of extra's firstly the disc has a theatrical trailer, 3 TV. Spots, a documentary, and audio commentary by the stars. as well as the usual extras like scene access, production notes and some interesting menus. The only downside to the extras is the commentary. It just seems a little tacked on.
FINAL THOUGHTS
Not a bad purchase at all, although the movie quality isn't the best and the video quality is a little troublesome, the sound quality and the amount of extras you get do justify the expense. So go out and get it.

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.
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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 25 May 2000 21:24:33 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 129 Mins
Case Type: Snapper Case
Release Date: 11/12/1998
Catalog Number: 15331
List Price: $29.95
Distributor: Warner Bros.
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Label Only
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 43
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: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: Yes
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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