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Directed by Albert Brooks

USA 1981

 

Neurotic, self-obsessed Robert Cole (Albert Brooks) is a successful film editor who splits up with his on-off girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold), only to try and win her back when he finds he can't live without her. Considered by many to be one of America's greatest comic talents, and sought out by filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Judd Apatow, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn, actor-writer-director Brooks created what is perhaps his most caustic and excruciatingly honest film in Modern Romance.

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Opening well past the point favored by most romantic comedies, director/co-writer/star Albert Brooks' take on the genre begins with a breakup. After exchanging harsh words in a diner, Brooks and Kathryn Harrold go their separate ways. Brooks then spends the next few days attempting to forget his troubles through work, exercise, drugs, and other women, torturing himself at each step. While it's hinted early on that this isn't the couple's first breakup, it eventually becomes clear that the they have cycled through the same events for even longer than expected. Meanwhile, Brooks' character, a film editor assisted by Bruno Kirby, attempts to put the finishing touches on his latest assignment, a none-too-promising space adventure starring George Kennedy and helmed by a details-obsessed director (James L. Brooks).  

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Theatrical Release: March 13th, 1981

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution

Indicator
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FREE Blu-ray

Runtime

1:33:41.907    

Video

Disc Size: 30,494,550,539 bytes

Feature Size: 27,415,281,216 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.66 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Indicator Blu-ray

 

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Indicator

 

Disc Size: 30,494,550,539 bytes

Feature Size: 27,415,281,216 bytes

Average Bitrate: 34.66 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• New and exclusive audio commentary with critic and film historian Nick Pinkerton
• Movie Love with Eric Saarinen (2018, 14:44 mins): the celebrated cinematographer and director discusses his work with Albert Brooks
• Theatrical trailer (02:07)
• Image gallery: publicity stills and promotional material
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 28-page booklet with a new essay by Isabel Stevens, extracts from interviews with Albert Brooks on Modern Romance, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
• World premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray  Release Date: June 25th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters: 10

 

 

Comments

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

Indicator brings us Albert Brooks' "Modern Romance" on a dual-layered Blu-ray. The film has a maxed out bitrate and has a reasonable amount of grain. Colors look accurate, with skin-tones looking realistically warm. Contrast is good as well, with characters and objects being visible in darker scenes. Though not a typically flashy movie, image-wise, the transfer here is impressive, with little to no damage. The film looks great in-motion.

Indicator provide us with a 24-bit 1.0 mono linear PCM audio track. Though there are rarely in-your-face effects, the track sounds good for its age. There is a great soundtrack featuring The Beach Boys, Queen, Nazareth ('Love Hurts', natch). There are optional English SDH subtitles on this region-free
Blu-ray.

There is a brand new audio commentary with film historian Nick Pinkerton. Pinkerton has a ton of interesting tidbits about the film, and more importantly, Brooks' career. There is also a brand-new 15-minute extra "Movie Love with Eric Saarinen". In this extra, the cinematographer and director discusses his work with Albert Brooks. Indicator have also included the film's theatrical trailer, and an image gallery. There is also a limited edition exclusive 28-page booklet with a new essay by Isabel Stevens, extracts from interviews with Albert Brooks on Modern Romance, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits. Limited Edition of 3,000 copies.

Albert Brooks' 1981 masterpiece "Modern Romance" is a comedy of such awkward and lonely moments. Indicator has given us the
Blu-ray premiere of the film with a good transfer, as usual.
 

 - Colin Zavitz

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