Italian Job, The: Special Collector's Edition DVD Review

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by Phil Hinton Sep 1, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    Italian Job, The: Special Collector's Edition DVD Review
    SRP: £29.99


    For such a recent release this print framed at 2.35:1 (anamorphic) looks very good indeed. There is a good level of detail present such as close ups of faces showing pores on the skin with great clarity. Some scenes do look a little soft here and there, but overall it is sharp and clear. There are no signs of dirt or scratches present with very little grain seen in the print. Colours are strong and bold with no signs of bleed or blooming and blacks look realistic with shadow detail on show. There are some examples of edge enhancement here and there, but this is mostly seen around onscreen graphics and text, overall it is not that noticeable. This transfer is very good and although not reference quality it is above average.

    The layer change is at 59m and is not that intrusive.
    Italian Job, The: Special Collector


    The movie is aggressive and fast paced and much of the action benefits from an excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.(448kbps).
    Right from the start the sound mix places you straight into the action with excellent panning effects during a speed boat chase and thunderous LFE during the explosive robbery. This continues throughout the movie with the split surrounds used to create an enveloping sound field using effects and the score to build tension.
    The engines of the Mini Coopers sound brilliant during the chase through LA with a helicopter pursuing them, flying left and right and then pulling a 180 behind the seating position. Dialogue is strong and intelligible throughout with voices carrying a certain degree of weight. Overall it is a very good sound mix.
    Italian Job, The: Special Collector


    The extras look good on paper, but in reality they are a little poor for a disc marketed as a Special Collector's edition. We are given a 20 minute making off which features interviews and clips from the movie but nothing outstanding is featured and it comes across as a self congratulatory piece. There are 6 deleted scenes which are a one watch item, a trailer in 5.1, some sneak peek trailers and 4 five minute features on the Mini Coopers, Driving school (no Maureen here though), stunt work and the writing for the film. It looks good but there is not enough substance to make them watchable more than once.


    An entertaining romp with some good stunts and action presented on a very nice disc, but the extras are forgettable.
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £29.99

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