Disclosure DVD Review


The story is about a manager, Tom Sanders, at a computer hard drive company who gets accused of sexual harassment. However, it is he who was harassed by his boss, Meredith Johnson. The manager is played by Michael Douglas and his boss is played by Demi Moore. Computer geeks must wet their pants at this scenerio.

Disclosure is a special movie to me because it has a message that resonates with me. It's a message that should resonate with everyone. The message is especially true in this day and age of government misdirection. The message is: don't get distracted from important things in the face of urgent things.

In the film, while Tom Sanders is distracted by the sexual scandal, the real problem affecting his job is still simmering and must be addressed or his career is lost. When he achieves victory over the urgent sexual harassment issue, there's a sense that everything is ok. It's when he comes to realize that he was distracted, and starts working on the latent, important problem at hand, that the story truely resolves.

Digital Demi Moore

The technology presented in the film was state-of-the-art at the time, I'm sure. However, seeing people use cell phones the size of a 20 oz. bottle of Coke in length, and hearing these slow specifications for hard drives as cutting edge makes me cringe.

"Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Better."

Disclosure is an older DVD (just ripe to be double-dipped for a special edition) and starts right into the movie without presenting a menu. It is a two-sided disc. One side is labelled "Widescreen" and is a 16:9 anamorphic presentation of the movie. The other side is labelled "Standard" and is a 4:3 pan-and-scan presentation of the movie. The sound is presented in Dolby Digital only.

This DVD was made when the industry was just trying to figure out how DVD's should work, and emulating a video tape was one of those bright ideas. You can still get to the menu by pressing the menu button on the remote control, or by waiting for the movie to finish. Both sides of the disc have the same menu choices.

As an aside, Disclosure comes in Warner Brothers' crappy cardboard DVD case. If I didn't like this movie so much, I would have surely passed this up over other impulsive purchases.

The Main Menu is a static image with no sound, and has these choices: Jump to a Scene, Cast, Production Notes, Film Flash, Languages, Subtitles.

Disclosure DVD Main Menu

There are only nine scenes to jump to, and they're only cryptically labeled with numbers. Actually, the numbers refer to chapter stops, of which there are more than accesible from the scene selection menu -- 44 to be exact.

Cast, Production Notes, and Film Flash are text articles with pictures. Film Flash, for the curious, is just a list of four other recommended videos.

The Languages Menu has these choices: English, French.

The Subtitles menu has these choices: English, French, Spanish, Off.

The presentation is serviceable, but not perfect. Perhaps there's too much film grain, incorrect color levels, or too much compression artifacting, but it didn't look as good as I think it should have.

Overall, this film is worth having as a fan of the film, but it's not good for showing off a home theater system.

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Contents by Vitas Povilaitis
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