Paul Andrew Williams
As the final credits of London
to Brighton roll, you can’t help but feel that the world is truly a place
without hope. But don’t be put off by the despondent atmosphere or the strong
subject matter – this is the British movie of the year.
Theatrical Release: August 18th, 2006 - Edinburgh Film Festival
DVD Review: E1 Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||E1 Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 6.69 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||English (Dolby Digital 5.1) , English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Commentary with director Paul Andrew Williams
• Alternate Ending (1:11)
I read somewhere that this was shot in 16mm (possibly Super 16) and blown-up to 35mm for theatrical. Regardless, the image is quite gritty and often exhibits jerky motion from hand-held modulations. Inherent hazy portions exist. Detail is not bad in spots but the dual-layered transfer is interlaced (see last capture) and those who have systems that can identify that may wish to consider the Momentum UK edition HERE (although I have no knowledge of that transfer yet). I don't see excessive manipulation and the image is fairly clean.
Audio gives the option of a 5.1 or 2.0 channel track. There are moments where the audio gets aggressive but the mix is nothing to write home about. It supported the films dialogue, along with optional English subtitles, adequately - although expectantly as scattered as the video at times.
The menu only indicates that director Williams is doing the commentary but he is joined by the director of photography, Christopher Ross, and the actors, Lorraine Stanley Johnny Harris, who played Derek and Kelly. It's a fairly laid back affair with some laughs and a few anecdotal amusements. There are plenty of other short extras including a Behind the Scenes piece, 3-minutes of Georgia Groome's audition and some Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending and Outtakes, but the most informative tidbit may be the Question and Answer segment with the director, cast and crew at Curzon Cinema, Soho London. It runs 24-minutes in rough video but answers queries like where the inspiration for the film and raising funding etc.
This film has a very rough edge but I think it has merit beyond it's realistic intent. The price seems high considering the interlaced transfer but the UK edition HERE is far more reasonable at less than 1/2 that price. Many will appreciate this film and it, not necessarily the US DVD, is recommended!