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Film on Disc has 2-bit, 8-bit and 16-bit reviews. 2-bit reviews include letter ratings only. 8-bit reviews are brief reviews including DVD quality assessment and 16-bit reviews are full length. This is the 8-Bit Review Page.  DVD ratings are two part, the first letter representing film content, the second letter for film element , transfer and pressing quality.


A breath of beautiful MGM musical fairy tale gloss, the story of Lili is pure elegance and simplicity. A 16-year-old French country girl arrives in the city in search of a new life after her father’s death leaves her orphaned. Lili finds a group of carnival players and attaches herself to them, sweetly worming her way into an act. Leslie Caron is wonderful as Lili, her innocence a perfect contrast for the bitterness of Mel Ferrer’s Paul. This is a beautiful movie for the whole family.lili.jpg (9325 bytes)

Unfortunately, the transfer elements are not good. The image is not always sharp and the disc suffers from excessive color bleeding. For those of you with projection televisions, no your set is not out of convergence. Color lacks MGM musical intensity. The sound is mono and clear. Still, don’t miss Lili. It’s wondrous entertainment!.


Crash baffled me. I recognize the allegorical style, and can probably even jump to some conclusions, but I just don’t understand the vehicle or the route of this material.crash.jpg (3785 bytes)

Searching for the ultimate thrill or the meaning of life, a cult forms around the ramifications of automobile crashes and sex. Famous crashes are replicated(A newer version of this film might have duplicated the Princess Diana crash)and various sex acts are performed. If you crash enough times there will always be a final crash.

James Spader, Holly Hunter and Roseanna Arquette all are participants in David Cronenberg’s film of the J.G. Ballard novel.

A dark film in more ways than one, Crash is given a luxurious treatment by the Voyager Company at a $49.95 price point. An audio commentary by David Cronenberg plus extra footage are amongst the extras.  Images are very sharp, dark scenes have significant sparkle. Dolby Surround is powerful and precise.


Combine a coming of age tale with an outback desert adventure and you have an idea what Nicholas Roeg’s 1971 directorial debut is about. The Australian outback is powerfully recorded and the performances of the children are quite good. Roeg traverses a minefield of dangerous emotions and social taboos in Walkabout. There are number of intense scenes that might be difficult for young   children otherwise attracted to a movie about kids surviving against the odds of nature.walkabout.jpg (4632 bytes)

The Voyager Criterion Collection edition has the bonus of a second audio commentary by director Roeg and star Jenny Argutter. The widescreen aspect is 1.66. There is some excess of grain in the transfer, but images are stable and consistent. Roeg’s unique camera vocabulary is ably delivered on this laser. The sound is okay. This laser experience would have benefited greatly from a more aggressive and richer audio presentation.


The plotting in this noiresque film is complex and on first viewing seems to depend excessively on coincidence. That’s not obviously the case. Malice is a very well constructed screenplay.malice.jpg (4087 bytes)

Alec Baldwin, the new hot shot doctor in a Boston college suburb, rents a room from a young couple. Something suspicious is going on with wife Nicole Kidman and husband Bill Pullman has to be pushed to the limit before entering into the three pointed contest.

Directed by Harold Becker is slick style, Malice’s sharp and bright photography transfers well to laser disc. Blacks are deep and colors well saturated. The surround sound is effectively aggressive and provides an excellent platform for the score.