XenForo Template Yellowbeard Release Date: June 27, 2006 Studio: MGM Studios Year: 1983 Rating: PG Running Time: 1h36m Video: 1.85:1 anamorphic Audio: English DD2.0 Subtitles: English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese TV-Generated Closed Captions: English Menus: Non-animated, generic menu with only "Play" and subtitle options Packaging/Materials: Single disc keepcase MSRP: $14.94 The Feature: 2/5 Look over the cast for Mel Damski's "Yellowbeard" and you'd be right to be excited. With comedy greats like Madeline Khan, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong how could this pirate spoof NOT be funny? As it turns out, it's only occasionally so, with most of the jokes being groaners, not gut-busters. What went wrong? Perhaps it's the wearying "see what sticks" approach to the humor or the film's sometimes awkward pacing. Or maybe it was simply a bad idea to mix so many comic actors, each with their own styles, into one film, creating an unpalatable stew. You'll find some good bits if you pick around - Madeline Khan being one - but overall it's unsatisfying and disappointing given the ingredients. One thing that stayed with me though: Never turn down a request to exchange money for feces. In which case you should probably go buy "Yellowbeard" right now. Video Quality: 2.5/5 Dust and dirt specks are visible early but lessen as the film progresses. Mosquito/compression noise is also visible. Colors have the muted quality typical of film stock used at the time, with fleshtones sometimes on the warm side. The most glaring issue is the lack of shadow detail, apparent in the dim tavern scenes and any time a character is in black clothing. No edge enhancement is visible, and while generally sharp and clear, there are some moments when the picture goes a bit soft. Audio Quality: 3/5 The DD2.0 audio track is generally clear and clean, with dialogue consistently intelligible. There may be a few moments of audio levels getting clipped, but this is only momentary in relation to louder sounds like explosions and screaming. Sound effects are nothing to write home about, but understandable given the production period and budget. Overall the audio track serves its purpose. Special Features: None Not only are there no special features, but no effort was even put into the DVD menu. The menu background is a generic template with a film reel graphic with "Play Movie" and subtitle choices as the selections. The puzzling part is the disc itself is silkscreened with film-specific graphics, ruling out my being sent a non-retail release. Whether a mistake or intentional, it reflects poorly on the studio. Recap and Final Thoughts The Feature: 2/5 Video Quality: 2.5/5 Audio Quality: 3/5 Special Features: None Overall Score (not an average): 2/5 The film will likely appeal to some, given varying tastes in comedy, but most will find it unsatisfying. Despite my low opinion of the feature, a DVD release should still have a film-specific menu, if only for the sake of looking professional. Equipment: Toshiba 42" CRT RPTV fed a 1080i signal from an Oppo DV-971 DVD player. Audio evaluation is based on an Onkyo TX-SR575x 5.1 AVR running JBL S26 mains and surrounds, JBL S-Center, and SVS 20-39 PCi subwoofer.