The Thin Red Line
20th Century Fox / 1998 / 164 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
Released around the time of Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line never received the same treatment and it's easy to see why. The Thin Red Line is nothing more than a glorified art house movie.

This is the first movie directed by Terrence Malick in 20 or so years, maybe in that time he should have written a script with a cohesive story. That's not to say it's a bad movie, it's actually quite impressive.

The story is about the US invasion of Guadalcanal and the experiences of that company as they attempt to capture a strategically important island that houses an airfield. Along the way we are introduced to most of the men in that company and we witness there experiences in capturing the island.

Malick has assembled a wonderful cast for the movie and they really help bring this movie above the average. But the real stars of this movie has to be the wonderful cinematography by John Toll, A.S.C which is a delight to watch and the sensational music score by Hans Zimmer.

The Thin Red Line will not be a movie everyone can enjoy, it's a movie that you can sit and enjoy or turn off in the first 15 minutes from boredom. 

VIDEO
As I said before, this is blessed with wonderful cinematography, the disc is also encoded with one of the best damn transfers I have seen on a disc this year.

The movie has a super sharp transfer that has absolutely no MPEG or film artifacts at all. Colors were vivid and well rendered. Shadow detail was exemplary.

The Thin Red Line is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is a single-sided, dual layer disc, the layer change occurs at 78:21 at the start of chapter 15 right after a thunder crack and before Sean Penn is speaking to Jim Caviezel. It is well placed and not disruptive to the flow of the movie.

AUDIO

The audio is slightly worse than the video but not by much. 

Encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 this mix is very good with wonderful sound steering which put you right in the middle of the soundstage. The only downside on this mix is the dialog which could sometimes get overpowered by ambient effects. The surrounds were constantly used. The .1 channel was used intermittently.

EXTRAS

Very limited extras are on this disc.

Theatrical Trailer: 1:85:1, Dolby Digital 2.0 sound. A good trailer if somewhat technically lacking.

Melanesian Songs: 11 songs that play with the menu showing. They are good to listen to...once, but that's it.

Subtitles: Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Closed Captioned.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A movie that you will either love or hate on a technically sensational disc. Try a rental first.

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: 05 Sep 2000 17:11:01 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 164 Mins
Case Type: Clear Amaray
Release Date: 23/8/2000
Catalog Number: 14255SDW
List Price: $39.95
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: RSDL
Chapters: 31
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: 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: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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