Noah Baumbach's ink-stained memoir is a heartbreaking and hilarious comedy of
The literary craze for tell-all family memoir gets a unique twist in Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale, a film à clef that satirically dramatizes the disintegration of his parents' marriage. Tender, cruel, and very funny, Baumbach's fourth feature turns family history into a sort of urban myth. Although the Berkmans of mid-1980s Park Slope lack the quirky grandeur of the Glass family or the Royal Tenenbaums, they wander even more myopically in the land of literary metaphor. Tennis functions as a metonym for relationships; the search for a parking space is a free-floating trope. As the eldest Berkman son poignantly brags, both his parents have Ph.D.'s in literature.
Theatrical Release: January 2005 - Sundance Film Festival
DVD Review: Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles||English, French, None|
Noah Baumbach audio comments on specific areas (51:44)
• 12-page liner notes essay with review from the
L.A. Times and essay by David Denby
For a new film this is kind of an unremarkable transfer with poor bitrate. It is very dark, which I understand is how it appeared theatrically but it does exhibit some glossiness that I can't put my finger on. I assume the occasional light sepia tinting is also intentional. Subtitles are ghastly yellow and the advertised 'commentary' runs less than an hour to still images of the film - so it is not a commentary in the sense that you might expect. The 40 minute conversation with Baumbach is very good and the film itself is a near masterpiece - very highly recommended. GREAT film folks!