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I Come With the Rain [Blu-ray]

 

(Anh Hung Tranh, 2008)

 

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Also available in the UK on May 2nd, 2011

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Studio Canal

Video: Avex Trax

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:54:25.859

Disc Size: 40,746,166,296 bytes

Feature Size: 35,498,010,624 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.90 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: January 13th, 2010

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (original should be 2.35:1)

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

Dolby TrueHD Audio English 3200 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3200 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
 

 

Subtitles:

Japanese, none

 

Extras:

• Making Of.. (English with forced Japanese subtitles)

• Japanese Interview with 3 casts members (only Hartnett speaking English)

• Trailer and Teaser (both Japanese)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Acclaimed French-Vietnamese director Ahn Hyun Tran (The Scent of Green Papaya) brings together top stars from America and Asia for his first English-language film, the 2009 neo-noir thriller I Come with the Rain. A stark departure from Ahn's previous works, I Come with the Rain stars Josh Hartnett as a troubled private eye on a mysterious job that takes him from Los Angeles to Asia. But what starts as a manhunt turns into a lurid journey of revenge and redemption. Three of Asian Cinema's biggest names - Japanese megastar Kimura Takuya (Love and Honor), Korean heartthrob Lee Byung Hun (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), and Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue (Shamo) - co-star in this visually and emotionally enthralling thriller that matches its stylistic moodiness with harrowing violence, suspense action, and intense performances from the all-star cast.


Two years after killing a serial killer in the line of duty, Kline (Josh Hartnett) now works as a private detective, but he is still haunted by the ghosts of his past. A powerful corporate honcho hires Kline to find his son Shitao (Kimura Takuya) who has mysteriously disappeared in the Philippines. Kline follows the trail to the jungles of Mindana, and then to the urban jungle of Hong Kong, where he enlists the help of an old police officer friend (Shawn Yue). The search leads Kline to cross paths and gunfire with mafia boss Su Dongpo (Lee Byung Hun), who is also hunting for Shitao..

 

 

The Film:

Something seems to have gone terribly wrong in the making of I Come with the Rain, an undeniably unique but nearly incoherent Hong Kong-set thriller starring Josh Hartnett and a handful of Asian stars. This handsomely produced feature from The Scent of Green Papaya director Tran Anh Hung looks good, but its story rapidly disintegrates after the second reel. Too cryptic and poorly executed to appeal to either mainstream or specialty audiences, the film could struggle to find distributors willing to release it in Western countries despite Hartnett in the lead role.

From the time Kline lands in Hong Kong, the plot grows stranger and less coherent with each passing minute.

I Come With The Rain was released in Japan in early June by Gaga; with star power from local heavyweight Kimura Takuya it earned just over $3 million. CJ Entertainment will try to accomplish similar figures on October 15 in Korea, thanks to the casting of local star Lee Byung-hun. However its prospects in other international markets look shaky.

Excerpt from ScreenDaily located HERE

 

 


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
 

NOTE: We have been informed that the film's original aspect ratio is 2.35: 1 making this Blu-ray cropped and inaccurate.

 

There are some heavy style changes and even alternate use of film stocks that take place throughout Anh Hung Tran's bizarre I Come With the Rain. This Blu-ray seems to export these visual deviations quite effectively in a faithful dual-layered AVC-encoded transfer from Avex Trax. It reports a strong bitrate and grain levels fluctuate dependant on the intent (past to present), detail is most notable in close-ups but colors seem consistently vibrant. The image quality shows some nice textures and interesting cinematography. The Blu-ray brings these attributes to the transfer cleanly and without manipulation. This disc probably gives a very good representation of the theatrical appearance.

 

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Audio :

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track at 3200 kbps handles the film's separations and aggression with relative ease. There is some explosive gunshots and other violence as well as more subtle effect noises smoothly floating to the rear speakers. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

 

Extras :

Not much in the way of supplements with a short Making Of... in English with forced Japanese subtitles. It has a lot of behind the scenes footage and input by Harnett. There is also a Japanese Interview with 3 casts members (only Hartnett speaking English) and a Trailer and Teaser (both in Japanese). No commentary, nothing on Tran.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
What to think of all this. Tran is one of my favorite directors - and the only one I had bothered to write a complete article (HERE) back in 2003. However, I concur with most critiques of I Come With the Rain as a beautiful but confusing effort. The director's obvious brilliance lies somewhere deeply beneath the surface of the, less comprehensible, narrative. It likens itself much more to the harsher reality of Cyclo than the auteur's more gracefully gentle films The Scent of Green Papaya or Vertical Ray of the Sun. Performances are strong and the Blu-ray does a solid job on the A/V front. I like Harnett and the story concept but not the direction it goes. I'd greatly have appreciated a commentary to explain some of the film's eccentricities but, sadly, I suspect this edition will be 'it' for 1080P. It is very expensive but for those keen on the director - this is the best way to see this head-scratcher outside the theater. I need to see this one at least once more but because of the exorbitant asking price - we'd have to say - 'pass' for now. 

Gary Tooze

January 15th, 2010

 

 

 

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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.

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