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Paper Heart [Blu-ray]
(Nicholas Jasenovec, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Video: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 40,262,503,921 bytes
Feature Size: 21,849,864,192 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.82 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 1st, 2009
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 3203 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3203 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
English (SDH), English, Spanish, none
• The Making of Paper Heart (10:14 in HD!)
Description: In 'Paper Heart', Yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. At the very least, she doesn’t believe in fairy-tale love or the Hollywood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into a modern-day skeptic. 'Paper Heart' follows Yi as she embarks on a quest across the U.S. to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn’t fully understand: Love. Combining elements of documentary and traditional storytelling, reality and fantasy, Paper Heart brings a fresh perspective to the modern romance and redefines the classic love story.
Charlyne Yi doesn’t believe in love. But it’s not because of past
heartbreak. It’s because she’s never felt it before. So she embarks on a
project with her best friend, Nick, to meet real couples and hear their
stories - all in an attempt to define love and determine whether or not
it truly exists or if some people are doomed to remain unloved.
While the image is unremarkable for Blu-ray it is really unnecessary to push any boundaries of dramatic visual expectation for Paper Heart. No one is expectant to grab this as a demo disc. This is only single-layered and looks adequate in terms of advancement beyond SD-DVD - colors are bright but detail never escalates to something you might find impressive. There is no depth but equally there is nothing demonstrative to complain about. It looks as it does to export the appropriate story pushing some emotional buttons along the way. I kinda of enjoyed this film and wasn't expecting to be Wow'ed by the video. And appropriately I wasn't.
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The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 at 3203 kbps has no problem dishing out all Paper Heart throws at it which is more like the local boy scout picnic's softball lob than any type of major league fastball. There is a smidgeon of notable separation but being almost exclusively dialogue driven with zero effect noise - we don't really miss the aggression. There are English and Spanish subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.
I got something out of these extras - more than the usual production featurettes. The comedian interviews were amusing with Bill Hader, Paul Rust, Jason Ritter, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Krumholtz, Demetri Martin, Paul Scheer, and Rob Huebel. Bobcat has a quick mind and impresseswhile some don't strike funny bone very hard - it is still a pleasure to see Yi as she both gets hit on and finds another assumed all this time that she was a guy. The Outtakes in the 'Uncut' piece were likewise enjoyable to some degree as were the 1/2 of deleted scenes but I wasn't as keen on the musical numbers as they seemed to be filler. Probably no reason for a commentary
December 2nd, 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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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Gary W. Tooze