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  • 16:9 Enhanced
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  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • German: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
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Bean: The Movie

Polygram/Universal . R4 . COLOR . 90 mins . PG-13 . PAL

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Rowan Atkinson has been one of my favorite comedians ever since I began watching the Black Adder. His Mr Bean character has also become a favorite in my family of late and as we sat down to watch this movie we knew we were going to be treated to some hilarious slapstick comedy. We were right.

You really have to be in that mood where you'll accept anything stupid or dumb as being funny and when your best friend laughs at almost the same things as you do, you know you're in for some fun.

In Bean, Mr Bean works at the Royal National Gallery of London where he overseas the paintings on the wall. Yep, that's all he does. One day at a committee meeting, it is agreed that they should get rid of Mr Bean from the company. At the same time they are all gloating over themselves and trying to decide who they should send to the US to oversee the unveiling of Americas greatest painting, Whistlers Mother. At this moment, the head of the Gallery walks in and states that Mr Bean should go on this trek. Bad decision? You better believe it.

From here on we watch as Mr Bean destroys a marriage, a painting, a career and anything else he gets his hands on. But does he fix everything in the end? Only in the way that Bean can.

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The video quality is good. It's not up there with the greatest of transfers but by no means is it the worst. You get both a Widescreen 16x9 enhanced version and a full screen version. I've seen both and both are of equal quality.

There's not much more you can really say about the video as th original source film is of standard quality. It actually looks alot older than it should.

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I hope you weren't expecting a full surround experiencing here because if you are you're not going to get it. This is a 5.1 digital soundtrack but it's not all used so I don't know why some studios bother using 5.1 channels if they can get the same out of surround or even stereo.

Only the musical score made use of the soundtrack and even then it was focused more to the front. You get the occasional spurt of surround but nothing to get enthusiastic about.

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The Cast and Crew biography is the only addition to the extras list. The region 1 version atleast has trailers and a music video.

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If you're a fan of the Bean and you enjoyed the movie then you'll be pleased with this disc. For those of you wanting the cheaper alternative you'll have the pleasure of borrowing it online or from your local dvd supporting video store.

Bean there, done that, buy the original series instead.


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      And I quote...
    "Bean there, done that, buy the original series instead."
    - Steve Koukoulas
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    • DVD Player:
          Pioneer DV-505 Gold
    • TV:
          Hitachi CMT2979 68cm
    • Receiver:
          Onkyo TX-DS777 THX Select
    • Speakers:
          VAF Signature I-91
    • Centre Speaker:
          VAF Signature I-91
    • Surrounds:
          VAF Signature I-91
    • Subwoofer:
          VAF LFE-07
    • Audio Cables:
          Standard RCA
    • Video Cables:
          standard s-video
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