The Thomas Crown Affair
MGM / 1999 / 122 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
The Thomas Crown Affair is an updated version of the 60's movie starring Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway. Now I have to admit that after seeing the 2 movies back to back, I prefer the remake much more as the original seems very tacky by today's standards.

This updated version stars Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in their respective roles. Thomas Crown is a rich business man who's life is very boring so for a bit of fun he steals a rare 100 million dollar painting and gets away with it.

Catherine Banning is an insurance investigator sent to find the painting and recover it.

Banning realizes that Crown has something to do with the theft she plays a game of cat and mouse as she attempts to get the painting back.

While not a movie that takes itself too seriously this is an enjoyable movie to watch with good performances from the lead actors.

VIDEO
The Thomas Crown Affair has a reference quality transfer. The movie is impeccably sharp. This transfer has wonderful shadow detail and there are no MPEG artifacts nor film artifacts. Colors were wonderfully rendered.

The Thomas Crown Affair is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This disc is a single sided, dual layer disc. The layer change occurs at 70:38.

AUDIO
The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track on this disc starts off wonderfully from the MGM logo but then starts to get a little more tame. The surrounds are only lightly used but the subwoofer is the exact opposite getting some quite heavy use. Dialog is very easy to hear at all times. There is also a Dolby 2.0 commentary track.
EXTRAS
Some pretty good extras on this disc.

Theatrical Trailer: Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 2:35:1 video. A below average trailer that is also lacking in the technical department also.

Audio Commentary - Director: This commentary track features John McTiernan. His track is boring. I don't know if it's his voice or just what he chats about but very little of it is interesting.

Documentary. Making Of A Masterpiece: This is a moderately interesting documentary that features information on both the original and remake movies.

Music Video. Windmills Of Your Mind: The is a promo reel featuring the Sting version of the Academy Award winning song. I actually prefer this to the original version. The only problem is the video is in mono. Stick with the version on the end credits.

Collectable Booklet: An information booklet with a heap of production notes. Quite interesting.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I liked Thomas Crown. It's a fun movie on a good disc with good extras. Well worth the money

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

VIDEO:
AUDIO:
EXTRAS:
PLOT:
OVERALL:

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: 24 Jul 2000 01:58:15 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 113 minutes
Case Type: Clear Amaray
Release Date: 8/3/2000
Catalog Number: 15766SDV
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: SS-RSDL
Chapters: 36
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
German
Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: Yes
Theatrical Trailer: Yes
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: Yes
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: Yes
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: Yes
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: Yes
Production Notes: None
PURCHASE THIS DISC ONLINE

INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE INFO
OFFICIAL WEB SITE
VIEW TRAILER
NONE