Bicentennial Man

Bicentennial Man

Robin Williams
Director: Chris Columbus Cast: Robin Williams
Robin Williams
, Sam Neill
Sam Neill
, Wendy Crewson
Wendy Crewson
Chris Columbus

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1)

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A sweet, but superficial film with a straightforwardly superficial release, Bicentennial Man offers DVD viewers little in the way of interest, with its only extras being its trailer and promotional featurette (the latter essentially consisting of the trailer cut around very brief cast interview snippets) and a trailer for Music Of The Heart. The trailers are drawn from good masters, and the featurette looks good but offers nothing. The video on the main feature is good, with no sign of compression artifacts, bleed, or shimmer, and the anamorphic image (letterboxed at 1.85:1) is reasonably sharp and clear, with accurate colors, though the overall feature seems somewhat on the muted side after the very colorful (and clever) main titles. The general image quality is high enough, however, that the larger part of the CGI visual effects, which occur as background elements throughout, are quite striking and blend well. As a curiosity, the single-sided, dual-layer disc includes a complete French-language version of the film, complete with main and end titles in French. This transfer is darker and more muted than the English edition, and displays a number of scratches and blemishes. The English Dolby 5.1 soundtrack is fairly clear, though extremely muted, with some odd level changes throughout that required constant adjustments to gain. Separation is good, but the surrounds are rarely given anything other than a little ambience, and the bass channel rarely is called upon. James Horner's score is blended effectively enough to be barely noticeable, aside from the main title music, which has a jarring resemblance to the work of Philip Glass, and thus rather stands out. The French Dolby 2.0 track has a good voice cast, but also suffers with the music being at a much higher level in the mix.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2000
UPC: 0717951004888
Original Release: 1999
Rating: PG
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 6,383

Special Features

Production featurette; Theatrical trailer; French-language track; 5.1 Surround; Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Andrew
Sam Neill Sir
Wendy Crewson Ma'am
Embeth Davidtz Little Miss / Portia
Oliver Platt Rupert Burns
Hallie Kate Eisenberg Little Miss, age 7
Stephen Root Dennis Mansky
Lynne Thigpen Female President
Bradley Whitford Lloyd
Kiersten Warren Galatea
John Michael Higgins Bill Feingold
George D. Wallace Male President

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director,Producer
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Barnathan Producer
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
William Hiney Art Director
Janet Hirshenson Casting
James Horner Score Composer
Geoff Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Jane Jenkins Casting
Steve Johnson Special Effects
Bruton Jones Art Director
Gail Katz Producer
Nicholas Kazan Screenwriter
Dan Kolsrud Executive Producer
Anne Kuljian Set Decoration/Design
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Laurence Mark Producer
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Neal Miller Producer
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Wolfgang Petersen Producer
Mark A. Radcliffe Producer
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
David Sardi Asst. Director
Robert Shoup Sound Editor
Isaac Asimov Source Author
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Taliaferro Set Decoration/Design
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Neil Travis Editor
Keith Vanderlaan Makeup Special Effects
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/A Surprise [:12]
2. The Three Laws of Robotics [:22]
3. A Leap of Faith [3:10]
4. One Little Horse [3:10]
5. Hints of Something Special [1:40]
6. A Visit to NorthAm Robotics [:34]
7. The Facts of Life [:34]
8. A Duet in Time [4:13]
9. Financial Considerations [:11]
10. A Complicated Proposal [1:43]
11. Little Miss's Wedding Day [:12]
12. Talk of Freedom [:09]
13. "One" No More [3:00]
14. Saying Goodbye to Sir [4:09]
15. Andrew's Journey [2:47]
16. Rupert Burns Enterprises [5:20]
17. The Makeover [:57]
18. Andrew Returns Home [5:04]
19. Someone to Talk With [3:03]
20. Yet Another Goodbye [3:17]
21. A Profound Transition [6:24]
22. A Very Special Evening [4:51]
23. A Human Conversation [:16]
24. Doing the Wrong Thing [:16]
25. The World Congress (Intolerance of Immortality) [:41]
26. An Order to Things [3:04]
27. Welcome to the Human Condition [2:42]
28. The World Congress (In Search of Dignity) [:29]
29. A Destiny Fulfilled [:29]
30. Closing Credits [3:55]

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