The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas takes us back to the days when Fred (Addy) and Barney (Baldwin) were wild and carefree Bedrock bachelors. But then they meet Wilma Slaghoople (Johnston) and Betty O
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a visually pleasing picture in all aspects. Sometimes colors can seem a little exaggerated and cartoon-like, but that's to be expected. Images are sharp with fine detail and definition. There are some occasional instances in which images appear a bit pixelized, but other distractions like artifacts and edge enhancement are minor.
After the usual PCFriendly installation, you are brought to the DVD-ROM main menu, which is just a bunch of still pictures moving to show they are links. When you place the mouse over the eight images, a window pops up telling about each subsection. These sections are Behind the Scenes, Goodies, Slot Machine Game, Story, Features, Newsletter, Photo Gallery, and Cast and Filmmakers.The Behind the Scenes section looks very nice, with a great theme consistent with the film, but is not very user friendly. The only way to scroll through the text is to place the mouse over the scroll buttons on the left. When you do this, it scrolls extremely slowly, with no way of picking up the pace. It is good if you are reading while scrolling, but if you are a quick reader, you can easily catch up and be stuck waiting for new text to appear.A screensaver, 10 icons, four desktop images, and a free Internet browser can be found in the Goodies section. I do not really like the screensaver. It is just a boring picture of the Flintstone's car driving down a street with signs sporadically appearing as they drive by. The Internet browser is quite enjoyable, however. It is a totally original program, complete with a Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas theme to it. There is also a link to a Web site where you can go to download and install skins for other Universal movies.In the Slot Machine Game section you can find a, well, slot machine game. It is not really all that fun to play. You are given three clams, and are allowed three pulls for each clam you use (only if you put one clam in at a time). If you put more then one clam in, you just seem to lose that clam, so it is not advised. Each time you win, you get another stack of clams, but even then you can only use three. After you lose the three, just click reset to get some more clams back. I played for a good five minutes before winning anything at all, and after playing for another 20 decided winning the jackpot was out of my skill level.The exact same format found in the Behind the Scenes section can be found in the Story section, with the same slow pace for scrolling. Reminds me of that saying, "good from far, but far from good."Two links to the DVD-Video portion of the disc (the trailer and Spotlight on Location extras) can be found in the Features section. These are the exact same as can be found on the DVD-Video portion of the disc, but are exited by clicking anywhere on the screen.A link to Universal's Web site can be found in the Newsletter section, asking if you would like to signup for a newsletter sent out by email telling about each of the Universal Home Video DVDs that are going to be released in the future.Eight small images of scenes from the movie can be found in the Photo Gallery section. What really bothers me is none of these images could be enlarged on my system. I clicked each, waiting for the normal larger image to appear in my favorite Web browser, to be denied by a moment of silence. A very odd feature indeed.Biographies for nine of the main cast members and 13 of the crew can be found in the Cast and Filmmakers section. These are also done in the same format as the Behind the Scenes and Story sections, with the same slow scrolling.When playing the movie from the PCFriendly software, it loads quickly to the DVD-Video main menu, which works well using your mouse.This is a very nicely presented and complete title, only missing a screenplay. It does have some great features, namely the screensaver and Web browser, but also has that scrolling problem that I dislike. The main menu does have some animation to it, but nothing spectacular. Not bad in the end, but really not great either. (Danny Richelieu)
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