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H D - S E N S E I
A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze
(Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, 1996)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Republic Pictures
Video: Cinemart / Summit Entertainment -Olive Films - Olive Signature
Region: FREE! 'A' 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Feature Runtime: 1:48:36.510 / 1:49:07.958 / 1:48:53.193/ 1:49:17.676 / 1:48:18.325
Chapters: 13 /8 / 10
Disc Size: 34,330,047,152 bytes / 24,342,577,460 bytes/ 49,130,025,999 bytes
Feature film size: 33,854,054,400 bytes
Un-rated Feature Size: 12,580,442,112 bytes / 17,796,777,984 bytes
R-Rated Feature Size: 11,529,603,072 bytes / 17,438,121,984 bytes
29.56 Mbps / Unrated: 14.20 Mbps / Rated: 13.00 Mbps/ 18.19 Mbps / 18.19 Mbps
One dual-layered Blu-ray /One single-layered Blu-ray / One Dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case /Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard slipcase / Transparent case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: January 28th, 2009 /August 7th, 2012 / August 28th, 2018
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1/ 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / Dolby Surround
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1999 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz /
1999 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps /
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1987 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1987 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Japanese and none
• Commentary by director/writers Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, editor Zach Staenberg and technical advisor Susie Bright
• Trailer (2:12)
Audio commentary with
writers/directors The Wachowskis; actors Joe Pantoliano,
Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon; film editor Zach
Staenberg; and technical consultant Susie Bright
(Un-rated version only)
Product Description: Destined for cult status, this provocative thriller offers a grab bag of genres (gangster movie, comedy, sexy romance, crime caper) and tops it all off with steamy passion between lesbian ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) and a not-so-ditzy gun moll named Violet (Jennifer Tilly), who meets Corky and immediately tires of her mobster boyfriend (Joe Pantoliano). Desperate to break away from the Mob's influence and live happily ever after, the daring dames hatch a plot to steal $2 million of Mafia money. Their scheme runs into a series of escalating complications, until their very survival depends on split-second timing and criminal ingenuity. Simultaneously violent, funny, and suspenseful, Bound is sure to test your tolerance for bloodshed, but the film is crafted with such undeniable skill that several critics (including Roger Ebert) placed it on their top-ten lists for 1996...
"Bound'' is one of those movies that works you up, wrings you out and leaves you gasping. It's pure cinema, spread over several genres. It's a caper movie, a gangster movie, a sex movie and a slapstick comedy. It's not often you think of ``The Last Seduction'' and the Marx Brothers during the same film, but I did during this one--and I also thought about ``Blood Simple'' and Woody Allen. It's amazing to discover all this virtuosity and confidence in two first-time filmmakers, Larry and Andy Wachowski, self-described college dropouts, still in their 20s, from Chicago.
Firstly - to clear things up - this Blu-ray is 'region A' which includes North America, Central America, South America, Japan (where this Blu-ray is from), Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. So it plays on North American Blu-ray players. At the writing of this review Bound has no scheduled North American Blu-ray release and the menus are in English.
ThisBlu-ray image is solid. Visually the Wachowski's intended 'highlights' look beautifully blended. Color accents, as in red elevator walls, blood soaked 'everything', produce a nicely muted appreciation. Low-level lighting accentuates decent shadow detail. Overall it is consistent and competent. There is a bit of grain and I suspect this looks quite faithful to the original presentation. Bound is a film that relies heavily on its perceived aura and the high-resolution brings the subtle qualities out strongly befitting the overall 'feel' of the film. The feature takes up over 30 Gig of space on the dual-layered disc with a strong bitrate. There is no manipulation or glaring noise to compromise the appearance. Depth seems limited to a few key scenes.
Okay on the Olive Blu-ray:Phew - well instead of using seamless branching to add the UN-Rated additional 14 seconds (Violet -> Jen Tilly and Corky -> Gina Gershon's seduction, love-making, gyrating hips and bounding breasts and a cut-off finger later in the film) they have done two puny, separate, transfers BUT it must be a different source as it looks superior in many instances over the, more robust, Asian rendering. The US release shows quite a bit more information in the frame (also 1.78:1 like the Japanese disc) and is sharper to some degree. It is also brighter and colors lighter - skin tones cooler - but I don't know if this is accurate. So even though Olive did the technical incorrectly - tiny bitrates on two separate transfers - and a single -layered disc - their source seems the better one and gets the nod for the top image quality. Note: I only did captures of the Un-rated Olive Films 1080P version - not the 'R-rated' as, to my eye, they looked to be the same quality.
Olive have 'Signatured' the Wachowski's iconic neo-noir Bound as they have done with Johnny Guitar (1954), Macbeth (1948), High Noon (1952), The Night of the Grizzly, The Quiet Man, Letter From An Unknown Woman, Father Goose, Operation Petticoat, Hannie Caulder...AS with their original Blu-ray release it has both 'Un-rated' and 'R-rated' versions and it is still not seamlessly-branched although the quality of each version is the same (with the exact same, modest, bitrate.) This is now, however, on a dual-layered disc. It shows more information in the frame - which is 1.85:1 as opposed to 1.78:1 on bother other Blu-rays. Colors are much richer, flesh-tones warm - almost saturated and detail rises. It does look better but isn't reaching the heights of the format with the lower bitrate. It should have been either seamlessly-branched or on two BDs. Bottom line - is that we should compare to the Arrow, but the video does advance over the first two BDs compared here.
Versus the Region 1 DVD (from Leonard Norwitz): "Rarely
have I encountered such striking differences between a
Blu-ray and its DVD counterpart. The curious thing is
that these differences do not derive from the one being
letterboxed - not that the advantage in the Blu-ray's
image size isn't palpable. The difference is primarily
one of mood. I had always felt the DVD was rich in
color, clean, tight and artifact-free. What more could
ask for? When I popped in the BRD my first response was
not a happy one: Gone was the familiar constrained,
oppressive feeling of the two apartments, and in their
place, one bright, upscale living space in need of
repair and another that you could imagine yourself
living in if you liked the decor. It isn't just a
question of shadow detail in the BRD, though there is
that - huge, but the entire frame lets so much light
into it that the mood I felt the movie was in danger of
losing its noirish feeling.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Subtitle from Olive Signature - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Summit Entertainment - Region FREE -
2) Olive Films - Region 'A' -
3) Olive Signature -
Region 'A' - Blu-ray
1) Summit Entertainment - Region FREE -Blu-ray TOP
2) Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-ray MIDDLE
3) Olive Signature - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
Audio & Music:
Olive don't go lossless with a standard Dolby 2.0 channel rendering. Sigh. An opportunity missed as the atmospheric quality transferred through the Asian DTS-Master is clearly superior over the flatter less robust Olive Films audio. There are no optional subtitles on the Olive.
Significant upgrade in the audio, going lossless -DTS-HD Master (24-bit) 2.0 channel for both versions. The seething Don Davis score (The Matrix) has much more impact in the uncompressed. Olive also now optional English subtitles for both versions. It remains Region 'A'-locked.
NOTE:The included commentary initially eluded me! - I sampled it and it does have value - don't miss it like I did!
Olive offer no extras.
Most of the extras seemed to be on the UK ArrowBlu-ray with the older audio commentary with writers/directors The Wachowskis (before gender-shift); actors Joe Pantoliano, Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon; film editor Zach Staenberg; and technical consultant Susie Bright - it's fun, has informative comments - Pantoliano is great as are the gals. It is only on the Un-rated version. Solid entertainment. Also are interviews; “Part and Parcel” spends 7-minutes with title designer Patti Podesta, “The Difference Between You and Me” runs 18-minutes with B. Ruby Rich and Jen Moorman, “Here’s Johnny!” is an amusing 10-minutes with Christopher Meloni and “Femme Fatales” has Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly. Great ladies. It runs 27-minutes. “Modern Noir: The Sights & Sounds of Bound” with cinematographer Bill Pope, editor Zach Staenberg, and composer Don Davis runs 1/2 hour. There is a theatrical trailer and 4-page text essay by Guinevere Turner.
NOTE: “Hail Ceasar” – with Joe Pantoliano is NOT on this Blu-ray although listed on the Olive website at present.
Summit Entertainment - Region FREE - Blu-ray LEFT vs. Olive Films - Region 'A' - Blu-rayRIGHT
Olive Signature - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
My, My, My... Olive had the opportunity to really advance but they only did so on the video - and, hence, lose on the audio and extras. Where it seems to substantially win though is price being less than 1/2 of the cost of the Summit Entertainment package. This modern-adult-noir film gets better every time I see it and it remains a rousing thumbs skyward. LOL, so take the Olive UN-rated video, the Summit lossless audio and commentary - and you have the definitive package. At least it's great to have the choice now.
Certainly a solid advance over Olive's own 2012, essentially bare-bones, Blu-ray. Nice to have both versions (although seamless-branching would be ideal, guys!). Good package, huge audio upgrade, nice cover and extras. Who doesn't love this film...
February 5th, 2009
July 12th, 2012
August 23rd, 2018
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