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(aka "Everybody in Our Family")

 

Directed by Radu Jude
Romania | Netherlands 2012

 

The third feature by celebrated director Radu Jude (Aferim!, and the recent award-winning I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians), is a caustic and compelling black comedy of family strife.

Recently divorced husband Marius plans to take his young daughter away on a weekend holiday. When things do not go as planned, Marius strikes out at those around him, and what began as comic drama soon turns bitter as Marius' increasingly erratic behaviour and morbid self-pity send the film spiralling into much darker territory.

A key work of the Romanian New Wave, Jude's pressure-cooker drama is an honest, unflinching and often hilariously profane portrait of one man's disintegrating mental health as his life and marriage crumble around him.

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Theatrical Release: February 13th, 2012 (Berlin Film Festival)

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Review: Second Run - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Second Run - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:46:52.958        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,039,815,488 bytes

Feature: 29,237,250,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio Romanian 2844 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2844 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio Romanian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Second Run

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,039,815,488 bytes

Feature: 29,237,250,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

A new and exclusive filmed interview with Radu Jude. (25:54)
Two of Radu Jude's acclaimed short films:
- The Tube with a Hat (Lampa cu caciula, 2006) (23:25)
- Alexandra (2007) (25:09)
Trailer (00:49)
16-page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by critic and journalist Carmen Gray.


Blu-ray Release Date:
April 29th, 2019
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 13

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Second Run Blu-ray (May 2019): S2012's "Everybody in Our Family" is transferred to a dual-layered Blu-ray thanks to Second Run. The film has a high bitrate, which helps sustain the image for a film that is almost constantly in motion with a handheld camera. The level of detail in the image is in line with most modern films of the era, though the fluid camerawork may give the film a less defined image when in motion. The various settings create a sense of claustrophobia with knickknacks and toys surrounding the characters in almost every room. Even outdoors in the market, the surroundings are almost suffocating. Thankfully, colors seem lifelike and the decent range of blacks show an acceptable contrast.

The Second Run
Blu-ray lets us choose between a 24-bit 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio track and a 16-bit linear PCM track. There is no score for the film, though the credits feature "Black Cat Tango" by Osamu. The Romanian dialogue comes fast and frequently, so the English subtitles help to translate as best they can. This is a Region Free Blu-ray from Second Run.

There is a new and exclusive filmed interview with Radu Jude lasting 26-minutes. The director explains how he came to end up working in film, starting in childhood and later college, culminating in his discovery of the Romanian cinemateque. He goes on to talk about "
Everybody in Our Family" in detail, amidst accompanying scenes from the film. Also included here are two of the director's short films; the 2006 "The Tube with a Hat" (24-minutes) and 2007's "Alexandra" (25 minutes). The film's trailer rounds out the Blu-ray. There is also a 16-page booklet with new essay on the film by critic and journalist Carmen Gray.

This is a very dark and frustrating comedy, well deserving of its many accolades. Second Run have a
Blu-ray featuring a nice transfer, with 2 choices of audio tracks. The extras include 2 short films from the director, which show his style and skill, especially working with child actors. Recommended to fans of dark-comedy and world cienma.

Colin Zavitz

 


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