(aka 'Chronicle of an Escape' or 'Buenos Aires 1977')
The filmed version of a real life horror tale, "Buenos Aires, 1977" turns the chilling story of Argentina's military regime and its large scale political murders into a tense, exciting escape thriller. Though functional on its own terms, this fourth feature by Israel Adrian Caetano feels hollow at the core, leaving a feeling of lingering disappointment over a missed opportunity to probe recent history. Pic's strong perfs and edge-of-seat storytelling have racked up more than 200,000 admissions domestically, a noteworthy return. Its mainstream appeal may likewise push it beyond Spanish language markets, though its lack of depth will restrain critical support. Current pic is a pale relation to Luis Puenzo's ground-breaking "The Official Story" (1985) and Marco Bechis's horrifying "Garage Olimpo" (1999), both of which mourned the Argentine "desaparecidos" who disappeared off the face of the Earth during military rule.
Theatrical Release: March 24th, 2006
DVD Review: Genius (Weinstein) - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles||English (CC), English, Spanish, None|
Making of... (32:09)
• Cast and Crew text bios
Although listed as an IFC product on Amazon, this appears to be a Weinstein DVD release or at least in tandem with IFC. It's quite competent - dual-layered, anamorphic and progressive. Expectantly the image is quite clean. The style Chronicle of an Escape was shot at times can show a gritty edge with deep saturation and this all seems supported well by the SD disc although these scenes are less sharp producing more realistic visuals with a lot of purposefully shaky hand-held modulations. Likewise the 5.1 Spanish audio can be representative of this with some scattering but the 5.1 has some decent moments of separation with whispering, crackling thunder and background noises filtering to the rear. This transfer seems quite a good representation of how it may have played theatrically.
There are over 60 minutes worth of supplements including a "making of..." with onset input, a 12 minute Trip to Stockholm: Visiting Former Exiled Captives Claudio Tamburrini and Guillermo Fernandez plus 20 minutes of deleted scenes that I almost dare not view as this is an incredibly harrowing story that uses graphic violence to an extreme practicality - possibly pushing this film into the horror genre. It can be a draining experience and the final sequence has some of the most suspenseful aura that I recall viewing in recorded memory. If this sounds like your type of, unforgettable and unforgiving, film experience than this DVD won't be a disappointment. I'm very glad I watched it even from a historical standpoint as I was unaware of these recent, unbelievable, atrocities. Yes, this film is recommended for its education and incredibly high level of tension.