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VIDEO: I had to check twice to make sure this was from Universal. Universal is a studio with a solid DVD track record, producing quality discs for even smaller films such as "Gods and Monsters", or films that aren't even successful at the box office(the strong audio/video quality of "Baseketball" and "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas"). But "Affliction" unfortunately, isn't anywhere near the high standards that Universal has set for quality. This disc is a solid dissapointment from the first chapter to the last. Colors are washed out and muted, never vibrant. The image is never sharp and some of the indoor scenes are soft to the point of looking "hazy" or "muddy". This is Universal's first non-anamorphic title and it's also their worst effort. There are problems throughout from slight artifacts that plague the image for most, if not all of its running length to problems with the original print that include a few noticable scratches and blemishes. Flesh tones are slightly unnatural, especially during some of the dim indoor scenes. Detail in the image is wanting throughout- I would have liked to have seen a greater detail in a lot of the scenes, especially some of the outdoors scenes. Some of the scenes during bright daylight fare ok, but during indoor or night scenes I had a hard time even watching this disc. This is really unfortunate treatment for a film that won an Oscar for best supporting actor. An anamorphic transfer might have helped here quite a lot.

SOUND: Not great. Dialogue sounds fairly natural, but the volume is so low that I frequently had to raise the volume to understand what people are saying. Other than dialogue, there's not much to the sound mix, except for occasional touches of music.

MENUS: Boring film-themed menus.

EXTRAS: The trailer.


GRADES:
The Film: 80/B = (400/500 possible points)
Video: 70/C- = (280/400 possible points)
Audio: 73/C = (292/400 possible points)
Extras: 70/C- = (210/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C- = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 80/B- = (240/300 possible points)
Presentation:84.75/B = (70.75/100 possible points)

TOTAL POINTS:1632.75/2200
Overall:74.25%/C
Final Thoughts: Decent movie, but the disc quality is severely dissapointing.

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Affliction
Universal Home Video
1.85:1/ Dolby 2.0
Subtitles:English
Dual Layer:No
Rated:R
Release Date:7/6/99
Anamorphic:No
Region:1