Spanish Judges

Overview

The DVD of Spanish Judges makes terrific use of Dolby 5.1's ability to make people off the screen sound as if they are in different rooms. Often during the film a character will call out from the right rear speaker in a muted voice, clearly indicating that he or she is elsewhere while the character onscreen does some nefarious set-up regarding the intricate con job that's going on. Sound effects are particularly well rendered, especially those buried deep in the sound mix that are supposed to help create the ...
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DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)
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Overview

The DVD of Spanish Judges makes terrific use of Dolby 5.1's ability to make people off the screen sound as if they are in different rooms. Often during the film a character will call out from the right rear speaker in a muted voice, clearly indicating that he or she is elsewhere while the character onscreen does some nefarious set-up regarding the intricate con job that's going on. Sound effects are particularly well rendered, especially those buried deep in the sound mix that are supposed to help create the creepy, moldy aura of the warehouse apartment where most of the action takes place. The widescreen digital transfer at large is of the standard that DVD fans have come to expect, crisp and clear, but it's much sharper than the full-screen VHS, which tends to smear the colors a bit.
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Special Features

Letterbox; Trailer; Scene access; Interactive menus; English, Spanish & French subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
There's nothing like a good heist movie, and this one holds its own with its obvious templates, Reservoir Dogs and The Spanish Prisoner. While this estimable ensemble piece doesn't have the vicious visceral nature of Quentin Tarantino's cult favorite or the literary snap of David Mamet, it does build a viable atmosphere of cunning intrigue amid a community populated by reprehensible low-lifes, where deadly violence is abrupt and excusable. Which is also nearly its downfall: Like Snatch, I Went Down, and any number of other films set in a seamy underworld, there are no likeable characters to be found. Fortunately, the cast of Spanish Judges bring enough detail to their characterizations to engage the viewer beyond that pitfall, and credit prolific TV director Oz Scott for keeping things coherent. Vincent D'Onofrio is incapable of turning in anything less than a multidimensional character, and in this one his less than brilliant criminal Max has moments of insight where he comes to understand his own weaknesses. Valeria Golino, who inexplicably finds more work overseas than she does in the U.S., is a strong-willed moll who may or may not have her sights set beyond a life with Max; one can never tell what she's thinking. Matthew Lillard (who also co-produced) plays his most mature (and maniacal) role yet, no doubt drawn to the script as a way to rise above any potential teenaged typecasting (see Scream and Dish Dogs for examples). He's terrific and so is the film. Spanish Judges deserves an audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • UPC: 658149782624
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,706

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent D'Onofrio
Valeria Golino
Sam Hiona
Matthew Lillard
Technical Credits
Oz Scott Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Credits [4:31]
2. Brother [6:05]
3. Value [4:41]
4. Trust [3:19]
5. History [1:47]
6. Respect [4:31]
7. Versions [5:27]
8. Money [3:54]
9. Mars Girl [4:28]
10. Bad Feeling [3:57]
11. Ownership [4:56]
12. Nervous [2:21]
13. Thinking [2:22]
14. Never [3:27]
15. Shoot-out [3:16]
16. Focus [3:57]
17. Lies [4:32]
18. Nothing [2:48]
19. Excited [3:38]
20. Deserving [4:08]
21. Surprises [5:20]
22. Triple-cross [5:11]
23. Identity [5:45]
24. End Credits [4:02]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
   Trailer
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