PicturePresented in anamorphic widescreen, this is probably the worst transfer I've ever seen. In fact, if this was a VHS release, I'd be complaining about the quality of it. The positive is that the colours are generally fine, although reds have a tendency to bleed. Oh, the print doesn't have too many dust specks either. Now, for the negatives. It's incredibly grainy and has a ghosting to the image, which I've never seen on a disk before. I would say there's no edge enhancement, but when the ghosting is so bad you really can't easily tell. Artefacts are present and are very apparent during the course of the movie; in fact it's a bit of a rarity when you don't spot one. It even suffers from dot crawl as well - in fact this is arguably a master class in how not to master a DVD. Abysmal is too polite a word to use.
SoundFor a movie with a 5.1 soundtrack, as with the picture this is poor, with the rears rarely noticeable except for the occasional effect. In fact, it's mostly centre heavy, where at least the dialogue is crisp and clear, but slightly out of synch with the movie. LFE doesn't exist and the front speakers get used far too infrequently or well for any period of time to be considered mentioning. Poor hardly seems a fair description, as does the word surround.
ExtrasFor this disk they've shoehorned in a few extras. We get a photo gallery of publicity and movie shots, we get a surreal music video and we get take behind the photo shoot for the movie poster, set to music which, truth be known, was equally surreal. No English subtitles here I'm afraid, but I don't think it's really important. We also have some trailers as well. One note - why is the best picture quality reserved for the photo shoot?
VerdictWell if you want to know how Asia does Hollywood, this is a prime example, being a distinctly average movie. Sound is adequate but picture is unbelievably awful - there's no other word for it. Still, if you can forgive that side of things, you'll find a very so-so movie here, that screams the next Bullock vehicle - although I think seeing her as a school girl would be even more surreal than the music video.
Our Review Ethos
To comment on what you've read here, click the Discussion tab and post a reply.