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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

Directed by Nick Murphy
UK 2011

 

They say the boy was scared to death. When the death of a child at a boarding school is blamed on a ghost, hoax exposer Florence Cathcart is certain that science and reason can explain it. But the truth she discovers is more terrifying than she could ever imagine, and soon the ghost hunter becomes the hunted. Starring Rebecca Hall (The Town), Dominic West (The Wire) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter films), The Awakening is a terrifying mystery filled with haunting twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (Hall) visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost.

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Theatrical Release: September 16th, 2011 (Toronto Film Festival)

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Review: Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:47:12.175        
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,816,958,386 bytes

Feature: 29,256,761,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.88 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 3686 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3686 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1735 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1735 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,816,958,386 bytes

Feature: 29,256,761,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.88 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Deleted Scenes Introduced by Director Nick Murphy (28:14)
A Time for Ghosts (24:47)
Anatomy of a Scene: Florence and the Lake (15:17)
Anatomy of a SCREAM (17:12)
Behind the Scenes (36:02)
Extended Interview with Nick Murphy (19:29)
Trailer (2:29)


Blu-ray Release Date:
October 5th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 11

 

 

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

ADDITION: Cohen Media Blu-ray (October 2021): Cohen Media have transferred Nick Murphy's The Awakening to Blu-ray. I'm wondering if the pale green bias that permeates the 1080P image is, in fact, exactly how the film looked theatrically - an intuitional stylistic look. I suspect so - perhaps someone can let me know - or I could compare to the Universal or Lionsgate UK BDs. It's quite pervasive although does have spots where the similar technique is not as dominant where less-lit sequences can appear brown-ish. I suppose a director commentary may have addressed this - I don't recall it discussed in the other supplements. It doesn't look digitized (although has disquieting softness) as much as unusual but it certainly didn't hurt my viewing. I suppose the colors do expresses capturing the 1920's England period, so some degree. Hopefully the screen grabs below will give you an idea of the appearance. 

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On their Blu-ray, Cohen Media offer the options of a  DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track (24-bit) or a 2.0 channel stereo (16-bit) in the original English language. The Awakening has many separations - notably in the more eerie sequences - that have impressive shock value coming out of the rear speakers. There is some intense depth. The supportive score is by Daniel Pemberton's (Gold, Steve Jobs, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) sounding clean with consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. Cohen Media offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Cohen Media Blu-ray offers plenty of supplements - most available previously when The Awakening first came out on Blu-ray. These include 1/2 hour of deleted scenes introduced by director Nick Murphy, A Time for Ghosts - an intriguing 25-minute historical references on British spiritualism in the past. Anatomy of a Scene: Florence and the Lake runs 1/4 hour devoted to the production of the scene by the lake. Anatomy of a Scream spends time with cast and crew giving sound bytes. There is also a lengthy Behind the Scenes piece and extended interview with Murphy for almost 20-minutes. Good to have the director take part in so many of the extras. Lastly, is a trailer. There are liner notes advertising other Cohen Media Blu-rays.

This got by my radar. I really liked The Awakening - especially the first 3/4s of the running time. It has a very appealing old-worlde 'haunting' atmosphere throughout. Rebecca Hall is fabulous - as are the supporting cast and splendid art direction plus the impacting score. I'll try to determine why Cohen Media released this - and how it may deviate from other editions. I enjoyed the film - perhaps extending itself a shade too far but I thought it would have made a good series. The Cohen Media Blu-ray offered me a very pleasurable viewing experience.

Gary Tooze

 


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