Match Point DVD Review
The disc is given a theatrically correct 1.85:1 aspect picture that has been anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs, which unlike the film is only distinctly average despite an astonishingly high average bitrate. There is nothing actually wrong, the colours are well represented, but not striking; the brightness and contrast are set to give good indications of black with reasonable depth to the picture, but never absorbing; the detail is good, it holds edges well, but there are elements of softness here and there. Digitally there no compression problems, a slight tinge of edge enhancement on occasion but not that much to worry about and the print is suitably clean, the odd speckle notwithstanding, and a little film grain here and there. No there is little wrong, but there is little to set it apart from the crowd either, there is no vibrancy to the picture, no sheen. The colours are good, but the pallet is subdued and the picture comes across as such. In all fairly middle ground.
All of Allen's sound mixes are Dolby Digital mono and theatrically this is no different, a wonder then why this DVD has been given a 5.1 mix? Like most of Allen's pictures that rely on dialogue and an old, scratch, jazz score, this one is no exception; it is the centre speaker that carries the film and it has little to cope with. There is a reasonable depth to the sound though, the voices do come across as natural, and only the score that suffers from a 'tinny' nature, but that is intentional. The rest of the speakers don't get a look in, in fact if my amp, player and computer display hadn't told me otherwise I'd have gone with the packaging and said this was a mono track. As it is, for a 5.1 there is nothing to get excited about, it is a track that gets its information across without the need for theatrics; functional but enjoyable, but really this can be considered mono.
Apart from some pre-menu trailers this disc has none.
I've said it before, I'll say it again, Match Point is Allen's strongest film for a long time. With the familiar territory to the script and a very dark streak at the end, the film is one to be enjoyed on many levels. Despite the average picture, functional sound and lack of extras I still like this disc; some might argue that in this day and age releasing a film without extras is paramount to killing its sales; I'd argue a film that deserves such praise needs nothing to enhance it sales potential; I hope you agree.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £17.99
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