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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Girl in the Park')

Directed by David Auburn
USA 2007

 

Product Description
Sixteen years after her daughter Maggie disappeared in Central Park, Julia (Sigourney Weaver) has never recovered from the loss, and pursues a solitary existence based on rigid routine. Her son Chris (Alessandro Nivola) is trying to reconnect with his mother in anticipation of his marriage to Celeste (Keri Russell). One day, Julia encounters a troubled, alluring young woman, Louise (Kate Bosworth), who reminds her powerfully of her vanished child. The two begin a series of tense encounters, and eventually Julia takes Louise in. As their bond deepens, Julia begins to reawaken to the pleasures of life -- all the while seeing everywhere clues that Louise could actually be the long-lost Maggie.

Synopsis
Julia, a woman so haunted by past events that her husband and son have all but given up trying to break through her self-imposed veil of despair and solitude. However, events take a startling turn when Julia is introduced to Louise; a woman that maybe the daughter who disappeared from Julia's life fifteen years before...

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Theatrical Release: September 9th, 2007 - Toronto Film Festival

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Distribution Weinstein - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:50:16 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.91 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Weinstein

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

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DVD Release Date: December 1st, 2009

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Chapters: 20

 

Comments:

This film is better than I anticipated. It's a single-layered, bare-bones - anamorphic and progressive DVD transfer. There is a UK DVD of the film available HERE - but I have not seen it to compare.

It's a serviceable image quality, although the bitrate appears to be quite limited. Contrast and colors are a little dull but they didn't make-or-break the film experience. It is mostly dialogue - and the 5.1 track is untested but suffices - and there are optional subtitles.

Unfortunately, there are no extras - not even a trailer. I think this is an entertaining film highlighted by Weaver's performance but the Weinstein asking price is exorbitant for what is offered here digitally-speaking. If this comes up for sale - at a discounted price - you might definitely want to consider. 

Gary W. Tooze

 



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