2008/08/11

Affinity DVD Production Review

<Affinity>DVD將於8月19日上市.它在電視上播出的機率已經微乎其微了,準備要直接進入家用DVD的市場.目前網路上已有文章評介其DVD的製作.我不想說它是DVD Review,他們會對內容做出什麼評論,我已心知肚明,暫且擺到一邊去.倒是他們提到1區美版收錄的內容及製作評介,讓我對即將到來的DVD充滿期待.

  • The Making of Affinity 幕後故事:長度六分鐘,由導演Tim Fywell及製片Adrian Bate現身說法.(被人批評訪問結束過於突兀)

  • Bonus scene 加贈片段:"Selina and Mrs. Lewis" (一說是Deleted scene 未收錄片段:一段一分半的畫面)

  • Interviews 訪問:共有四段訪問
    1)作者Sarah Waters (10分鐘)
    2)編劇 Andrew Davies (5分半)
    3)Zoë Tapper (飾演Selina,6分鐘)
    4)Anna Madeley (飾演Margaret,5分鐘)

  • Affinity Trailer 電影預告片
    Logo電視網其他6個節目節選:如"The Big Gay Sketch Show", "Two of Julie Goldman’s Celesbian Interviews".等

  • Logo其他DVD商品介紹:如"Exes & Ohs", "AfterEllen.com", "The Big Gay Sketch Show", "Rick & Steve".等


關於影音品質,我選取二位不同評論者的意見如下:

Video Quality 畫質:我們目前只看到監獄黑黑藍藍一片,在DVD卻呈現意想不到的層次和細膩度. 

Matt Hough:
Though the box art claims the movie is full frame, the film is actually presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer that is very well executed. Colors are a shade desaturated to add a bit of ambiance to the Gothic trappings of the story, but sharpness is very good and black levels nicely delivered. The image gains a goodly amount of grain in the lowest lit portions of the prison, so there has obviously been no digital scrubbing applied to this transfer. The film has been divided into 14 chapters.

John J. Puccio:
The director purposely chose black, blue, and iron-gray tints to establish a cold, hard look for the film, especially effective in presenting the prison as a stark, dismal place, but effective, too, in suggesting the stark rigidity of the Victorian era. Because of the film's bleak appearance, then, one has to understand that the film is not necessarily going to reveal a wealth of inner detail. Nevertheless, for a movie of its kind, it is quite good, actually, with reasonably sharp object delineation. The image is somewhat overly smooth and soft in facial close-ups, yet a fine film grain accompanies everything, adding a realistic depth and texture to the picture. Dim interior shots are murky, to be sure, but the director probably intended them to look that way.


Audio Quality 音質:我早就提過,應該要買這部DVD來聽.它一點都不像一部低成本製作.專家公認在獄中的音效頗為驚奇.

Matt Hough:
The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack is a nice mixture of dialog in the center channel, and music and infrequent effects in the others. Though the music levels tend to be louder than necessary, they still never drown out what the actors have to say. The mix does betray the low budget of the enterprise, however, as a complete surround mix could have worked wonders with the séance sequences and some other moments that would have gained greatly from a fuller immersion in sound.

John J. Puccio:
Although the audio engineers reproduce the soundtrack in an ordinary Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, it does have some atmospheric nuances going for it, noticeable in the opening prison scenes. Indeed, the whole first half of the movie conveys a sense of quiet foreboding, thanks in no small measure to the sound. One finds the front-channel stereo amply wide; small, subtle sounds distinctly audible; and rear-channel musical bloom sufficient, depending on one's playback system. What one will not find is much or any surround activity beyond the musical ambience, much of a frequency spread, or much in the way of dynamic range or dynamic punch.

6 意見:

Lang 提到...

Hmmm, interesting, where did you find them? I am not that keen on "Selina & Mrs. Lewis" bit but the featurette and interview might be something.
And yes, I'd like to see the shades and hues. AM, anytime.

Orange 提到...

Oh, no time for manual searching. I set "Google News Alert" with specific key words. It just sent me the latest results accordingly. Sometimes it's poor, sometimes it's good. Obviously, it works fine this time.

wildeny 提到...

Has the DVD arrived safely? ;)

Orange 提到...

You bring on the worse topic I don't want to talk about. I made pre-order from Amazon UK, now it won't released until Sep 29.(They still hope for premiere on ITV?) It's postponement again and again. So I cancel the order and renew it from Amazon US. According to delivery estimate, I may receive it around mid Sep. Poor me....

entangled 提到...

Oops... Sorry about that. I saw the DVD shows "In Stock" in Amazon US, so ... Have they shipped it?

I can understand the frustration. I've been waiting for a book (the last in a series) for a while but, for some reason, it has been put off by the publisher to an indefinite date!

Do you know whether Sarah Waters will appear in YLAF or not? Her site is being redesigned.

Orange 提到...

I haven't got any news alert that Sarah Waters may appear in YLAF. She would attend some LGBT events in UK since Affinity would be released then.

 
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