(aka 'Under the Bombs')
France | Lebanon | UK 2007
impressively directed and superbly acted drama that uses authentic Lebanon
locations to devastating effect.
Theatrical Release: September 2nd, 2007 - Venice film Festival
DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL
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|Distribution||Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL|
|Runtime||1:34:36 (4% PAL speedup)|
Average Bitrate: 6.86 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Arabic | English | French (Dolby Digital 5.1), (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
with Director (25:46)
Decent, dual-layered, anamorphic (original 1.85:1 ratio) and progressive transfer from Artificial Eye. I don't have any strong complaints about the image quality - it looks quite strong at times and the film wavers in its style but the PAL DVD supports it faithfully. Contrast and colors are adeptly rendered. Good news again that I don't see excessive manipulation and the image is very clean.
Audio gives us two flavors - a competent 2.0 channel and a rarely tested 5.1 which, when put to use - has some moments of separation. The dialogue has mostly Arabic with some English and French and there are optional English subtitles (sample below).
Supplements include a 25 minute interview with director Philippe Aractingi by Daniel Graham. Aractingi is quite energetic and talks a lot with his hands. It's a pleasure to see someone that passionate explain some of the finer points of his vision. I wish more director interviews were this genuinely enthusiastic. There is another interaction with him in the 7 minute An Audience with Director where he speaks in front of a crowd responding to various cues. We also have a 12 minute interview with actress Nada Abou Farhat about her experiences in making Under The Bombs. There is also a trailer and fairly ineffectual stills gallery.
Great art-house/festival film with a definite message and depth - a truly compelling drama - effectively told and with an intense sense of realism. I feel very fortunate to have seen Under the Bombs and strongly endorse it and the Artificial Eye DVD to others. Highly recommended!