S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton, 1988)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Touchstone Pictures
Video: Mill Creek Entertianment
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,871,535,550 bytes
Feature Size: 20,629,075,968 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 15th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1673 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1673 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Trailer (1:50 in 480i)
Description: Time is running out for Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid - Footloose, Soul Surfer, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra). He has just 24 hours to unravel the bitter truth surrounding his own poisoning. In his desperate search, everyone's a suspect, even the woman who loves him (Meg Ryan - Kate & Leopold, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle). Directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel, creators of superstar "Max Headroom," D.O.A. pulsates with explosive action and sizzling performances by Quaid and Ryan, two people who find themselves suddenly living on the edge. It's a night on the run, filled with fear, danger...and passion.
Does this sound like dialogue from a suspense-filled thriller? The idea
for ''D.O.A.'' is a great one, borrowed from the 1949 Edmond
O'Brien movie: a man is slipped a fatal, slow-acting poison, and has
less than 48 hours to solve his own murder.
"They didn't kill me; I was dead already," is the statement uttered by Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid), an English professor... at the University of Texas at Austin who has been poisoned by a slow-acting toxin and who has twenty-four hours to track down his killers before he ceases to exist. Remade from the 1949 Rudolph Mate thriller by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, the co-directors jazz up the old luridness with slap-up doggishness that boosts the intensity-level higher than it deserves to go. Cornell is a burned-out novelist trying to hold on to tenure at the university while seeing his marriage collapse around him. As if that weren't enough, he is receiving amorous come-ons from smart, young student Sydney Fuller (Meg Ryan) and being badgered by another student, Nick Lang (Robert Knepper), to read his brilliant first novel. Not long after Dex demurs to Nick to read his novel, Nick is killed in a fall. Only then does Dex find out that Nick has been having an affair with his wife. Things keep going from bad to worse when, after an all-night drinking binge, Dex discovers that he has been slipped a poison that will kill him within 24 hours. Teaming up with the adoring Sydney, Dex tries to track down the person who poisoned him while dodging the cops, since he happens to be a prime murder suspect.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The remake of D. O. A. looks modest in 1080P from Mill Creek. The Blu-ray image is a little noisy and flat. It looks superior to SD and some textured grain is evident. Colors are dullish. The opening and closing black and white scenes look solid enough. Detail doesn't scale to dramatic heights via the single layered transfer. The bitrate is supportive and we can guess that this will be the best it looks for Home theater presentations. It's fairly HD in-motion.
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Decent but fairly lifeless DTS-HD Master stereo track at 1673 kbps. There are some tense moments lifted by the lossless. Depth is there if not 'thunderous'. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'.
Just a 480i trailer.
May 9th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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