(Sharon Maguire, 2008)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: THINKFILM / Image Entertainment
Region: 'A' - locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,433,517,308 bytes
Feature Size: 20,988,696,576 bytes
Average Bitrate: 27.96 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 5th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1760 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1760 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
English, English (SDH), Spanish, none
Description: London is rocked by a shocking terrorist bombing in this dramatic thriller starring Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy, Brokeback Mountain) and Ewan McGregor, (Trainspotting, the Star Wars trilogy). Williams delivers a riveting and heart-felt performance as a young wife and mother who suffers a devastating loss in the attack...which occurs while she's meeting her secret lover (McGregor). Wracked with guilt and trying to piece her shattered life back together, she becomes embroiled in the police investigation of the attack - and discovers that the authorities will do anything to cover up the terrifying truth behind it.
Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones), Incendiary is based on a novel by Chris Cleave and stars Michelle Williams as an unnamed young woman who lives with her young son (Sidney Johnston) and her bomb disposal expert husband (Nicholas Greaves) in an ugly tower block that overlooks a beautiful Georgian square. Bored and lonely, she starts an illicit affair with her affluent neighbour, tabloid journalist Jasper (Ewan McGregor), but the affair is brought to an abrupt conclusion when a terrorist attack on a nearby football stadium kills her husband and son (not least because she was having sex with Jasper with the game on TV in the background at the exact moment of the attack).
Traumatised by guilt and pursued by her husband's mildly creepy colleague (Matthew Macfadyen), the woman slowly begins to crack up. Soon, she's befriending the young son of one of the terror suspects, but her motives remain unclear.Excerpt from Matthew at ViewLondon located HERE
The image of Incendiary on Blu-ray, while easily identifiable as hi-def, is nothing special. It has some fine grain and soft palette color representation and detail disguises that Ewan McGregor is finally starting to get older but nothing is predominantly distinctive. This Blu-ray has a fairly realistic and consistent look - it is in 1080P but single-layered with the feature taking up just over 20 Gig of space on the disc. In short the image, while unremarkable is a darn sight better than the film itself.
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The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 at a moderate 1760 kbps doesn't demonstrate a lot of separation. The soundtrack mix has some odd moments of suspense where as the 'Young Mother', played by Michelle Williams,is looking for clothes - opening drawers and closets, and the punchy bass kicks in with jolting results. One thing I did like about the film as the original score by Barrington Pheloung and Shigeru Umebayashi with some very defining piano music. Aside from the bombing the film is mostly dialogue-driven without pronounced aggression. There are optional English and Spanish subtitles and my Momitsu tells me the disc is region locked to 'A'.
Nothing of importance that I can discern - just a rather misleading trailer in SD and a Stills Gallery that is duplicated from the lackluster SD-DVD.
April 24th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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