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Empire DVD Review

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by AVForums Nov 1, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    Empire DVD Review
    SRP: £17.99

    Picture

    Presented anamorphically at approximately
    2.35:1 Empire certainly looks
    the business on DVD. Full of smoky
    interiors with thin beams of light
    streaming between window blinds, rich
    warm colours and deep, true blacks,
    the film looks simply incredible.
    Couple this with the fact that there is
    no colour bleed, edge-enhancement,
    artefacting or excessive grain to spoil
    the image and everyone's happy.

    Sound

    This rather aggressive sounding film
    benefits immensely from the inclusion
    of well-encoded Dolby Digital 5.1 and
    DTS audio mixes. All of the speakers
    are used to good effect, with plenty of
    clearly defined spatial movement
    occurring across the mix. Bass levels
    also impress, ensuring that whichever
    mix you choose, you'll get plenty of
    bang for your buck.

    Extras

    Empire comes packed with a very
    strong selection of goodies. First up
    is The Making of Empire, a decent
    21-minute featurette. Director Franc
    Reyes and DoP Kramer Morgenthau
    team up for an interesting full-length
    audio commentary track. You will also
    find a reel of deleted scenes, a short
    four-minute collection of soundbites
    taken from the film's LA premiére, the
    theatrical trailer and a sampler for the
    movie's CD soundtrack.

    Verdict

    An interesting and visually arresting new
    spin on old material makes for another fine
    disc from Universal Picture Video.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    6

    Picture Quality

    7

    Sound Quality

    7

    Extras

    4

    Overall

    6

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