Bicentennial Man

Bicentennial Man

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Director: Chris Columbus

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

     
 

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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. TheSee more details below

Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
Chris Columbus harnessed Robin Williams's manic energy and channeled it into his gender-twisting performance in Mrs. Doubtfire. The duo reteams for Bicentennial Man, this time turning Williams into a robot rather than an elderly woman. Based on a short story by Isaac Asimov, the film follows Andrew (Williams), a 200-year-old "domestic android" (think of him as a RoboMaid) who, to the surprise of his owners, begins emoting and thinking for himself. When Williams falls in love with Portia (Embeth Davitz), a technician (Oliver Platt) helps him begin the delicate process of looking -- and perhaps becoming -- human. Williams is typically hyperactive, almost bursting out of the screen with his trademark zaniness, but he also reins in his energy at times, displaying his ability to balance laugh-out-loud humor with startling pathos. But maybe the true star of Bicentennial Man is Greg Cannom: He received a well-deserved Academy Award nomination for the stunning makeup work that made Williams's transformation from robot to man believable.

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:
2,465

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

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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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