Belgium / France 2008
In “Eldorado,” a road movie that
poignantly juggles absurdism and melancholy, the summertime landscape of the
Wallonia region of Belgium is filmed to resemble a miniaturized American West.
The soundtrack for this story of two mutually suspicious strangers who establish
a tentative bond on a highway to nowhere echoes the twang of Ennio Morricone
with a hint of parody.
Theatrical Release: May 18th, 2008 - Cannes Film festival
DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Film Movement - Region 0 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 4.58 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||French (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
There is a French Warner DVD of the film that offers optional English subtitles. It is available HERE. It is dual-layered with viable supplements and, sight unseen, we'd have to guess that it is far superior to this Film Movement disc which exhibits combing from an interlaced transfer on a, tiny bitrate, single-layered DVD. I suspect it is also from an unconverted PAL source as the time appears a bit faster. It may be more than that as the French edition is actually 5-minutes longer. Because of the pragmatic transfer there are visible artifacts. On the positive it is 16X9 enhanced. Subtitles are a large intrusive bright yellow but are removable.
The French disc also has DTS track where this is only 2.0 channel - not that there are many instances that would utilize the separation. Film Movement appear to be trying by adding 2 shorts (Icebergs running 14-minutes and The Race at 1-minute) as supplements - the shorter even sponsored by Stella Artois beer!?! While they fill some disc space and hint at artistic promise they aren't related to Eldorado in any way. There are text biographies and a theatrical trailer.
It's an amusing tragi-comedy - channeling Aki Kaurismäki and Jarmusch - but Film Movement are asking a bit much at $22.50. The availability of a superior English-friendly version and the limitations of interlacing, single-layering artifacts, a probable unconverted PAL sourced image, and unexplainable shorter running time (is it censored?) give us enough reasons to say 'pass' - n'est-ce pas?