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    Mad Dog and Glory
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment . R4 . COLOR . 93 mins . M15+ . PAL

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    In this enjoyable little romp, Robert De Niro plays Wayne 'Mad Dog' Dobie, a timid police crime scene photographer who just barely manages to save the life of mob boss Frank Milo (Bill Murray). Happy to be alive, Frank befriends Mad Dog and "loans" him Glory (the delectable Uma Thurman) for a week of pleasant company. Uncomfortable with this arrangement at first, one thing leads to another and Mad Dog and Glory fall in love. When the week's up and it's time for Glory to leave, Mad Dog decides she's not going anywhere and has to face up to Frank.

    What defines the success of this film with me? It's actually a few small elements that go some way to create a pleasant hour and a half. Obvious things first, De Niro in a role as shy and nervous cop playing the anti-De Niro character, much like his role in A Bronx Tale. Bill Murray always gets a vote from me for entertainment value even though this is a far cry from his work in Rushmore. Uma Thurman, well, she's Uma Thurman, you know? Her role is neither here nor there, she just "is". Throw in some cool music, good acting, easy going script and Martin Scorsese lurking in the background as a producer probably having the odd thing or three to say about proceedings, and you can see it as an easy enough way to pass ninety minutes.

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    A great 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer, which makes good use of a consistently high bitrate to throw a detailed, yet soft image on screen. Although close, it’s not quite perfect though. The picture suffers from some minor aliasing which pops up only a handful of times, but most notably in chapter 12 because it occurs for an extended period. Small black and white flecks are visible throughout most of the run time. The worst placed one is one black spot occurring right on the layer change making it even more visible than normal. Still, this one occasion aside, they aren't generally intrusive and the picture is pleasing overall.

    Audio-wise, this is basically a talking head film, and although it has just a plainjane DD2.0 surround effort, it doesn’t lack in any way. There’s no problem understanding any of the characters dialogue, with most of the mix locked pretty tightly to the centre with some minor channel seperation and everything clearly defined. It all has a nice easy going warm sound free from harshness that’s easy to listen to and won't work your gear too hard.

    If you're after extras, then you came to the wrong dvd, cowboy. We don't have no extras round these parts. Try the next shelf.


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    "A good film with a pleasant transfer totally devoid of those pesky extras that get in the way of things."
    - Vince Carrozza
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          Sony DVP-525
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          Sony STR-DB930
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          Wharfedale s500
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          Polk Audio CS245
    • Surrounds:
          Wharfedale s500
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          DB Dynamics TITAN
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          Standard Optical
    • Video Cables:
          standard s-video
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