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  • Better Than Sex

    Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on May 30th, 2003

    Overall
    Film
    Video
    Audio
    Extras
    (out of 5)

    

    Synopsis

    Josh (David Wenham) is going to leave Australia in three days. He meets Cin (Susie Porter)at a party. The two share a cab, and Cin thinks that three days might be just right for a fun fling.This is what happens, and most of the film takes place in Cin’s apartment. There is some prettywitty, breezy stuff here, but there is also much familiar material about how men and women aredifferent, and did we really need yet another romantic comedy with asides where the characters,inte…view-style, speak to the camera?

    Audio

    The audio is in both 5.1 and 2.0. The music sounds especially nice, with impressive surroundechoes from the percussion, and various instruments playing in different parts of the room. Neatstuff. The dialogue is crystal-clear too, and there are some nice moments of left-right separation.As for the sound effects, well, there isn’t much on display. Once in a while I heard somebackground noise from the rear speakers, but since so much of the film takes place in theapartment, the only sounds are those made by the two characters, so there isn’t much call forsound effects.

    Video

    The colours are very good, with very warm hues and strong contrasts. The blacks and fleshtones are equally good. The problem is the cropping down to fullscreen. This is especiallyproblematic in two-shots, such as in the cab scene, which are badly hurt by the cropping.Otherwise, a problem-free transfer.

    Special Features

    The menu is scored, and the only extra is the trailer.

    Closing Thoughts

    We’ve been here before, but the performances are strong, even if the jokes are prettyfamiliar.

    Special Features List

    • Theatrical Trailer
    Posted In: 1.33:1 Fullscreen, Canadian Release, Comedy, Disc Reviews, Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), DVD, TVA International

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