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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Decasia: The State of Decay')

directed by Bill Morrison
USA
2002

Decasia (a silent film) is composed entirely of decaying, nitrate-based footage which seems to melt, burn, drip and deteriorate before our very eyes. In his search for striking examples of emulsion deterioration, Morrison examined close to a thousand archive prints from numerous collections. The haunting footage is set to an eerily dissonant symphonic score by Michael Gordon. The entire viewing experience is surreal and fascinating. For the avant-garde, I strongly recommend it!out of     

Gary W. Tooze

  Theatrical Release: January 24th, 2002 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)

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Distribution BFI - Region 2 - PAL Icarus - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:06:22 1:06:31.112
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.17 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 13,842,824,748 bytes

Feature: 11,701,800,960 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 18.30 Mbps

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Dolby)  DTS-HD Master Audio English 2089 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2089 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles None (none necessary) None
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Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio interview with Bill Morrison and Michael Gordon broadcast on PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen

DVD Release Date: June 28th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 4

Release Information:
Studio: Icarus

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 13,842,824,748 bytes

Feature: 11,701,800,960 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 18.30 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Light is Calling (8:25)


Blu-ray Release Date: December 3rd, 2012
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 4

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ADDITION: Icarus - Region 'A' Blu-ray - December 2012': I can see chroma now in the BFi DVD that it not present in the Icarus 1080P. The most significant superiority using the higher resolution is in the contrast. You can discern detail far better via the Blu-ray. This is an essential upgrade for fans of the avant-garde. Audio comes in two flavors - both lossless (DTS-HD) - 2.0 channel or 5.1. The latter sounds quite fetching. Bonus includes Morrison's Light is Calling - a short 8-minute film. Great little package from Icarus... nice to see this reach HD status. If you want to make a crowd silent - put this on and watch as they can't turn away!

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ON THE BFI DVD: There is so much decay and purposeful damage in these shots that it is almost impossible to be critical of the image quality. The film is short and at least could have had a director commentary, but who knows how that might have effected the visceral impacting viewing experience. Perhaps it was meant to be as is. The audio track is wonderful! There is a Region 1 (and another Region 2 ) DVD of this work but I have not compared -I'm told this is a port of the extra-less Region 1 DVD. There is a nice extra of the audio interview. This is a great DVD to show off to friends. I love having it in my collection. It is for times when you can't decide what to watch at all! out of    

Gary W. Tooze


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