(aka 'Tuya de hun shi' or 'Tuya's Marriage')
Through his film occasionally threatens to lunge into melodrama, Wang Quan’an’s blending of documentary-style realism with generic tropes – striking camerawork, a pacy narrative, sharp editing, vivid characterisation – lends real impetus to the slight story of a Mongolian shepherdess struggling to support her kids and disabled husband. Reluctantly she agrees to his suggestion that she find a new partner; but she insists any suitor adopt the whole family, hubby included. Tuya’s attempts to achieve this make for an episodic but engrossing story. A refusal to pass judgment and a palpable chemistry between the actors ensure that the film succeeds both as a fable about the pitfalls of rapid modernisiation, and as tough, unsentimental drama.
Theatrical Release: September 21st, 2006 - Beijing
DVD Review: MPI - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||MPI Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.99 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Mandarin (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Well, I wish I could say the transfer was as good as the film.... but it's not. The single-layered MPI offering is interlaced (see visible 'combing' in last capture). It looks quite dark and colors appear dampened. Detail is unremarkable. In short the image quality is very much below par.
The 2.0 channel Mandarin track exports the dialogue clearly enough and there are removable English subtitles - in a horridly large yellow font. No extras save a 'Stills Gallery'.
The film is close to a masterpiece, reminiscent of early Zhang Yimou, but MPI must be crazy to think people will accept, and pay for, this release for over $20 - in this condition. I'm certain a superior edition will surface at some point - the film is too good.
There is a French Wild-Side edition available HERE but it appears to only have French subtitles.
For this MPI - we say 'pass' for the time being.