Sunshine includes countless memorable scenes of visual splendor, and this wonderful transfer showcases all this beauty in fine form. The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is virtually devoid of any defects or grain and features sparkling, bright colors. The picturesque yellow flowers brushed across the family's patio jump off the screen and virtually float into one's living room. The black-and-white historical footage does contain blemishes, but these appear purposeful to signify the limited technology of the time. This is a near-reference quality transfer, and it combines nicely with the lush photography to create an exciting viewing experience. One common element throughout the generations in Sunshine is the simple, emotional piano theme played by members of the family. Within this impressive 5.1-channel Dolby Digital transfer, these musical sounds spring to life clearly and effectively. The dialogue also flows clearly from each speaker, and the volume level adjusts well to the louder, difficult moments. While the surrounds are utilized decently, they could have been used a bit more to increase the depth of the transfer. It still ranks far above the Dolby Surround track, which provides a clear sound without the same amount of elegance and power. The complexity of Sunshine literally begs for a feature-length commentary track from writer/director Istivan Szabo. Sadly, this disc only contains the film, and it fails to include even the basic promotional documentary, cast information, or theatrical trailer. While shallow films such as Little Nicky and Battlefield Earth receive full-fledged treatments, Paramount slights the DVD enthusiast with this release.
Side #1 -- 0. Scene Selection 1. Main Credits [:50] 2. Emmanuel's Warning To Ignatz [1:44] 3. Valerie Visits Ignatz In Vienna [9:32] 4. Ignatz Returns To Budapest [:35] 5. Changing Their Names [2:51] 6. Ignatz And Valerie's Wedding [2:28] 7. "you're A Bright Young Man, Sors." [:36] 8. The Invitation To Join The Ruling Class [1:52] 9. Ignatz Meets Emperor Franz Joseph [3:00] 10. A Family Separated By War [1:02] 11. The Monarchy Crumbles And Revolution Erupts [6:41] 12. Adam Becomes A Fencing Master [3:14] 13. Conversion And Assimilation: Adam Joins The Officers' Club [2:04] 14. Choosing A Winning Team [6:50] 15. Victory At The Olympics [2:32] 16. Adam's Affair With Greta [3:04] 17. The Jewish Laws [4:51] 18. Exile And Torture In The Labor Camp [4:57] 19. After The War: Gustave And Ivan Return Home [1:08] 20. Identifying And Interrogating The Collaborators [8:09] 21. Ivan And Carole Escape The Dreary Function [1:11] 22. The Family Rediscover The Taste Fo Sunshine [6:22] 23. Ivan And Carole's Illicit Affair [2:01] 24. Unvocering A Monstrous Jewish Conspiracy [3:18] 25. Andor Knorr's Confession [3:10] 26. Ivan's Speech At Andor's Funeral [5:25] 27. The Revolution Is Put Down And Ivan Jailed [5:56] 28. Ivan Finds Emmanuel's Letter To Ignatz [3:15] 29. End Credits [:50]