The Emperor's Club DVD Review
PictureThe picture is vibrant and bright. The print looks in fantastic shape with good contrast and grain levels and no nasty marks. The autumnal colours of the college and woodlands look spot on, as do primary colours like the red of the uniforms. I found very little edge-enhancement and the picture has plenty of clarity and depth with only a few random wide shots being slightly soft. The only notable flaw is that quiet areas of the screen with dull colours (for instance cream painted walls) often have a sprinkling of compression artefacts. Apart from that it's a lovely looking transfer. The word 'lush' springs to mind.
SoundThe 5.1 Surround track is clear with dialogue, ambient effects and musical score all mixed in very well at the right levels. The foley work like footsteps, doors shutting, baseball bats hitting balls, and so on all sound distinct and well separated. However, there is little use of panning and the soundstage doesn't have much depth. Bass is barely present and the LFE gets little use. All things considered it's still a very good audio track as there is little need for any aggressive use of sound, a subtle soundtrack was the order of the day and that's what we have here.
ExtrasUnfortunately, this particular review disc didn't have any extras included, but the final release will contain some (as listed above).
VerdictA quality film, well acted and directed, thought provoking and mature. I liked it a lot, and Kevin Kline's performance is worth the price of admission alone.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £19.99
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