S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'No Limit is No Control')
USA / Spain / Japan 2009
"Limits" is a game of
sorts, challenging the viewer to seek meaning where there may not be any. Are we
supposed to make anything of the fact that every one of The Lone Manīs contacts
wears glasses but he doesnīt? I donīt know, and I donīt care. Once "Limits" is
out on DVD viewers will have the chance to freeze frame the slips of paper The
Lone Man gulps down. Perhaps they will crack the code, but I donīt see how that
would be any fun.
Theatrical Release: May 1st, 2009
DVD Review: Universal - Region 1 + 4 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Universal Home Video - Region 1, 4 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.92 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, Spanish, Hebrew, French, Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles||English SDH (non removable for non-English dialogue), French, Spanish, None|
Jim Jarmusch (Parts 1 + 2) - 51:26 4:3
"Everything changes... except the color of the glass you see it through."
"The universe has no center and no edges."
This is such a cool film if paced a far too deliberately for mainstream expectations. Jarmusch's wonderful minimalist tendencies are in full swing. The complaint will be 'style over substance' - but I think wimpy complaint is missing the mark. I liked this quite a lot. Christopher Doyle's cinematography and the exceedingly curious visuals are the perfect adjunct to the uncompromised narrative.
Universal has given us a great DVD transfer. Anamorphic and progressive on a dual-layered disc. Detail is strong, pastel blues are heavily represented and there is even the hint of texturizing grain. While I have no complaints with this SD rendering - I'd still love to see this film in the glory of 1080P resolution one day.
Audio doesn't give the 5.1 track an abundance of work but the film has some resounding music that has a crisp sound with an occasional kick. There are subtitles but the English ones (for all non-English dialogue) are non-removable where the option of French or Spanish appears - if chosen - when English is spoken. The disc is coded for region 1 + 4 in the NTSC standard.
Supplements consist of a 50-minute piece entitled Behind Jim Jarmusch divided into 2 parts. It is an extended 'making of...' with behind the scenes clips from production - simply following Jarmusch around. There is also Untitled Landscapes with outdoor sequences of desert contrasting the city for just over 4-minutes.
Fans of the director will embrace this cool offering filled with homage to noir. But those less exposed to his work may find it ponderous. I loved Doyle's camera work and the film drips with style - but there is something further beneath the surface - that only you can, personally, interpret. To those who would venture to reading this review - I encourage you to indulge.