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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Irreversible" or "Irrversible")

 

 

directed by Gaspar No
France 2002

 

Perhaps the quintessential exemplar of New French Extremity, Irreversible amazed and outraged audiences across the world upon its release in 2002 with its harrowing scenes of rape and violence. Now Gaspar No’s nauseating, thrilling, ingenious masterwork returns in a new 2K restoration, both in its Original Theatrical Cut and a potent new Straight Cut, assembled in 2020.

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Irreversible pitches you straight into the abyss, revealing Cassel pounded to a pulp and his assailant's head staved in with a fire extinguisher; then it swivels into the past, negotiating the real-time agony of Bellucci being raped in an underpass, regressing ever backwards into the chaste light of earlier that day. Rest assured it all ends happily ever before. The title doesn't merely toy with the idea of undoing time, corruption, ruin and such shackles; it also brandishes the suggestion that the film itself poses a cinematic breach, a taboo-torching dereliction of no return. That's an exaggeration, of course, but there's no denying No's investment in the shock strategy of extreme realism, nor his virtuosity in the practice. Yet is it any more reprehensible a display than the similarly immersive opening of, say, Saving Private Ryan? And isn't No's implacably knowing, twisted relationship with his audience comparable to a more adolescent, swaggering Michael Haneke? You could choke on this nut. Morally banal, technically prodigal and dramatically packed with cheap ironies Irreversible may be, but, polemically at least, it's a tour de force.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: May 24th, 2002 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Lion's Gate

Region 1 - NTSC

Tartan
Region 2 - PAL
Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:33:33 1:33:41 1:37:26.173 / 1:29:34.786
Video

2.25:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.60 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.20:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.90 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,016,533,128 bytes

Theatrical: 31,423,391,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video

Straight Cut:

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,282,763,537 bytes

Feature: 24,031,862,208 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Lion's Gate

 

Bitrate:

Tartan (Special Edition)

 

Bitrate Indicator:

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate:

Indicator Straight Cut Blu-ray

 

Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital French, 5.1 Dolby Digital French

2.0 Dolby Digital French, 5.1 Dolby Digital French, DTS French

DTS-HD Master Audio French 3885 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3885 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1793 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1793 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -31dB

 

Straight Cut:

DTS-HD Master Audio French 3907 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3907 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1110 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1110 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, Spanish, None English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Lion's Gate

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.25:1

Edition Details:
• Trailers for the film (3:08)
• Soundtrack Trailer
• Two videos “STRESS” (4:36) and “OUTRAGE” (4:19)

DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 16
 

Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.20:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Gasper No (French w/English sub)
• SFX (7:12)
• Intoxication (4:55)
• Stress (4:31)
• Outrage (4:23)
• Teasers (3:09)
• Trailer (1:42)

 

DVD Release Date: December 4, 2006
Keep Case

Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,016,533,128 bytes

Theatrical: 31,423,391,808 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video

Straight Cut:

2.35:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,282,763,537 bytes

Feature: 24,031,862,208 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary by Gaspar No on the Original Theatrical Cut (2003)
The Irreversible Odyssey (2019, 43:20): retrospective documentary featuring interviews with No, actors Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel, cinematographer Benot Debie, and others
NFT50 Q&A (2002, 49:08): archival audio recording of a post-screening Q&A session with No, Bellucci and Cassel, recorded at London’s National Film Theatre
The BFI Masterclass with Gaspar No (2009, 1:30:06): archival audio recording of the filmmaker in conversation with programmer and critic David Cox, recorded at BFI Southbank during the London Film Festival
SFX (2003, 7:28): visual effects supervisor Rodolphe Chabrier discusses his team’s work on the film
Time Destroys All Things (2021, 14:32): video essay examining the two versions of Irreversible by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study
Deleted scene (:38)
‘Stress’ (2002, 4:43) and ‘Outrage’ (2002, 4:35): Thomas Bangalter music videos, directed by No
Intoxication (2002, 5:09): documentary short by No featuring filmmaker Stphane Drouot
Original theatrical trailers (3:16)
2019 Venice Film Festival trailer
Teaser trailers
Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Anna Bogutskaya, an archival American Cinematographer article on the technical aspects of the film, a BBFC case study, an overview of contemporary critical responses, an archival ‘for and against’ article by Nick James and Mark Kermode, a look at the creation of the Straight Cut, new writing on Intoxication, and film credits
Limited edition exclusive double-sided poster


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 26th, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12 / 10

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (April 2021): Indicator have transferred Gaspar No's Irreversible to a double Blu-ray package. It is cited as being a "2K restorations supervised by writer-director Gaspar No". The package has two Blu-rays with two versions of the film: the 2002 Original Theatrical Cut (98-minutes) on the first Blu-ray; and the 2020 Straight Cut, which re-assembles the events in chronological order (1.5 hours) on a second Blu-ray.

NOTE: Indicator has Irreversible'ed their logo at the start of the presentation:

The image quality in 1080P is great - plenty of heavy grain in the night time sequences (shot in 16mm) and it looks supremely tighter in the 35mm sequences. Colors are deep and richer - see samples below compared to the DVDs. This is a significant upgrade from SD. It looks magnificent.  

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator off the choice of DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround tracks or a 2.0 channel stereo choice for both cuts. There are separations in the film, violence, crowd noise, and a score credited to Thomas Bangalter, with notable music; Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major op. 92, Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in D Major - Adagio and there is La Queuleuleu performed by Andr Bzu (as Bzu) and Mon Mange Moi performed by tienne Daho. The audio is a big piece of the viewing impact and comes across very crisp, clean and shows depth in the lossless options. It sounds exceptional compared to the DVDs. Indicator offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-rays.

The Indicator package is stacked with supplements. They include the 2003 audio commentary by Gaspar No for the original Theatrical Cut. It is the same one as found on the Tartan PAL DVD from 2006. He talks about the mise-en-scene, what scenes where scripted in detail and which were improvised, and so forth. There is also minor discussion on themes, motifs and other elements. On the first dual-layered Blu-ray is the 2019, 3/4 hour, The Irreversible Odyssey. It is a retrospective documentary featuring interviews with No, actors Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel, cinematographer Benot Debie, and others. Indicator include an NFT50 Q&A from 2002, running shy of 50-minutes. It is an archival audio recording of a post-screening Q&A session with No, Bellucci and Cassel, recorded at London’s National Film Theatre. Many will appreciate a 1.5 hour BFI Masterclass with Gaspar No from 2009. It is an archival audio recording of the filmmaker in conversation with programmer and critic David Cox, recorded at BFI Southbank during the London Film Festival. SFX from 2003 is the same piece as found on the Tartan DVD where visual effects supervisor Rodolphe Chabrier discusses his team’s work on the film. New is Time Destroys All Things - a 1/4 hour video essay examining the two versions of Irreversible by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study. It's excellent. There is a short deleted scene and two of Thomas Bangalter music videos, directed by No; ‘Stress’ and ‘Outrage’ - both from 2002. Included is get Intoxication - a 2002 documentary short by No featuring filmmaker Stphane Drouot. Lastly on the first Blu-ray are original theatrical trailers, a 2019 Venice Film Festival trailer (is the only extra on the second Blu-ray) and a swath of teaser trailers plus Indicator have added another image gallery of publicity and promotional material.

NOTE: There is a hidden Easter Eggs (hidden extra) - You go to Music Videos on the first Blu-ray and 'click right' on "Play All". What comes up is "Creuser des caisses" that runs 2-minutes 4-seconds of Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel dancing in their living room/foyer totally naked. The camera stops and highlights the LPs, 45's or small posters on the wall - superimposing them to show what musical group, and song, they represent. We have Cottonwoodhill (1971) Brainticket, Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) The Rolling Stones, Live and Let Die (1973) George Martin / Paul McCartney & Wings, Continental Circus (1972) Gong with Daevid Allen, Disraeli Gears (1967) Cream plus 147 heures avec Apollo 8 (1968) Les Journalistes de RTL (See sample below.)

The Blu-ray package contains a limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Anna Bogutskaya, an archival American Cinematographer article on the technical aspects of the film, a BBFC case study, an overview of contemporary critical responses, an archival ‘for and against’ article by Nick James and Mark Kermode, a look at the creation of the Straight Cut, new writing on Intoxication, and film credits plus a limited edition exclusive double-sided poster.

Speechless. This is one of the best Blu-ray packages of the year. I was thankful to revisit this polarizing film-experience after requiring more than a decade to recover from my initial exposure to Gaspar No's Irreversible. Say what you will, this is a competent, confident and fearless filmmaker. I guess time has made me jaded and less-sensitized to the extreme scene(s) or maybe it was just that I knew what to expect. The film is still brilliantly impacting, unforgettable, creatively realized, unrestrained and eye-openingly unique. It totally deserves this stellar and complete double Blu-ray release from Indicator. It gets our absolute highest recommendation.        

Gary Tooze

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ON THE DVDs
This film appears to be uncut. It is made using handheld/crane shots and the picture quality is mostly very dark. The image is hazy but I am unsure if it is the transfer or the way the film was made. The sound is clear and there are yellow subs which are not particularly well done. The Extras are noted above and I can bet that alternate region versions of this film will be superior.

Henrik Sylow on Tartan
The Tartan transfer is stunning. Uncompressed and unstreched image, very sharp details, deep blacks.

The usual three Tartan tracks are present. DTS is slightly stronger and more "umph" than the 5.1, but both are very forceful - mainly front - tracks.

The significant difference in additional material including the audio commentary by Gasper No, in French with English subtitles.


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