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(aka 'Spetters - Knallhart und romantisch')

Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Netherlands 1980

 

From legendary filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls) and screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (Soldier of Orange) comes this unrated director's cut of the explosive, fast-paced and thrilling coming-of-age drama. Raw, intense and unabashedly sexual, Spetters is a wild ride that will knock the unsuspecting for a loop. Rien, Eef and Hans are three young guys stuck in an industrial town on the outskirts of Rotterdam. They couldn't be more different except for one thing: their shared passion for motorcycle racing, which each sees as his ticket to a better life. But a deeper passion will soon rule each of their lives, when a sexy, ambitious blonde (Renée Soutendijk, The 4th Man) comes between them and provokes unforeseen events that will rock their worlds. Co-starring Rutger Hauer (Legend of the Holy Drinker) and Jeroen Krabbé (The Fugitive).

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Theatrical Release: February 28th, 1980

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DVD Review: Kino - Region 'A' - NTSC - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino Home Video - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:02:46.359  
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,220,502,514 bytes

Feature: 36,557,187,072 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.88 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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Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio Dutch 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,220,502,514 bytes

Feature: 36,557,187,072 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.88 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven
Animated Image Gallery (04:22)
Original Theatrical Trailer (02:07)


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 12th, 2018
Custom Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

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

Kino have given us a brand new 4-k transfer of Verhoeven's "Spetters", and it looks fantastic. The 1080p image is housed on a dual-layered disc with a maxed out bitrate. There are certain frames with tiny flecks of damage but the instances of debris are heavy, with no visible scratches or lines. Grain and detail is outstanding, giving the film a nice texture. Colors really pop and the contrast levels seem very decent, especially in nighttime scenes.

Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel (16-bit_ in the original Dutch language. There are some sporadic effects and a score by Ton Scherpenzeel (his only feature film credit.) Additional music can be found in ABBA's Eagle and Chiquitita tunes sampled in the film. There are optional English subtitles (see sample) on the region 'A'-locked
Blu-ray disc.

Kino have given us a feature-length audio commentary with director, Paul Verhoeven. This track is a great listen. I found his original idea for the "measuring" scene even wilder than expressed in the film. He also goes on about the negative press and the formation of a 'National-Anti-Spetters-Committee'. There is also an original theatrical trailer, as well as a trailer for Verhoeven's "Flesh + Blood" and an animated image gallery.

Spetters is a unique film, showcasing a director exploding with style. Though Verhoeven would later exercise more restraint in his later American films, there are a lot of interesting themes at play here, however explicit they are. Viewers should be warned that this film contains very troubling scenes (including gang rape) as well as pretty explicit sex scenes, with full frontal-male nudity. Despite the rough material, it is a worthy film to explore for fans of Verhoeven.

Colin Zavitz

 


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