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Green Zone [Blu-ray]

 

(Paul Greengrass, 2010)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Studio Canal

Video: Universal Pictures

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:54:46.421

Disc Size: 43,413,121,562 bytes

Feature Size: 35,017,617,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.96 Mbps

Chapters: 20

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 22nd, 2010

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: VC-1 Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 4104 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4104 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 24-bit

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), French, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

Disc 1
Deleted scenes - Play with Video Commentary by Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon
Deleted scenes - Play without Video Commentary
Matt Damon: Ready for Action
Inside the Green Zone
Feature commentary with Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon
My Scenes
D-BOX
U-Control - Video Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon
U-Control - Picture in Picture
BD Live / pocket BLU App / social BLU App

Disc 2
Digital Copy of Green Zone (expires 06/30/2011)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his men are charged with finding the so-called weapons of mass destruction, whose existence justified American involvement, according to the Pentagon and their man in Baghdad, Poundsgate. Veteran CIA operative Marty tells Miller that there are no weapons, it is a deception to allow the Americans to take over the country and install a puppet leader. Marty correctly anticipates that, despite Bush's gung-ho assurances, the policy is doomed to failure. Also suspicious of Poundsgate is Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne, who lets slip to Miller that Poundsgate told her he had secret talks in Jordan with an important Iraqi, code-named Magellan, who told him about the weapons, though it now seems likely Magellan's true information was to the contrary. Miller deduces that Magellan is General Al Rawi, a close supporter of the deposed Saddam Hussain and, accompanied by his interpreter, Freddy, a decent Iraqi who only wants stability for his country, sets out to track down Al Rawi. However, Poundsgate's men are also on Al Rawi's trail, to stop him from talking. After an explosive showdown Miller emails Lawrie to tell her that there never were any weapons, relying on her and other journalists to inform the world of Bush's deception.

 

 

The Film:

The action in "Green Zone" is followed by Greengrass in the QueasyCam style I've found distracting in the past: lots of quick cuts between hand-held shots. It didn't bother me here. That may be because I became so involved in the story. Perhaps also because unlike the "Bourne" films, this one contains no action sequences that are logically impossible. When we see a car chase that couldn't take place in the real world, we naturally think about the visual effects. When they could take place and it's a good movie, we're thinking about the story.

"Green Zone" will no doubt be under fire from those who are still defending the fabricated intelligence we used as an excuse to invade Iraq. Yes, the film is fiction, employs farfetched coincidences and improbably places one man at the center of all the action. It is a thriller, not a documentary. It's my belief that the nature of the neocon evildoing has by now become pretty clear. Others will disagree. The bottom line is: This is one hell of a thriller.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE

 


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

The camera in The Green Zone doesn't get much of a rest. It's hand-held modulations don't let you focus too long on one event. It's not of the variety to make you dizzy or nauseous - it actually suits the film's style along with some extremely grainy, and dim lit, sequences. So the Blu-ray isn't going to turn you on your ear with deft detail and magnificent sharpness. Not supposed to. What it does do is support Greengrass' visual intentions in crafting the film.  Earthy browns are prominent and the dusty desert achieves it's lifeless, clandestine, dim aura. When colors shine the infrequency exports a brilliance by comparison. Skin tones seem accurate and all the mix-n-match heavy style works well. The grain can be so thick it creates a mysterious and claustrophobic feeling supporting the plot. This Blu-ray has a genuineness about it that gives me the feeling it is supporting the film appropriately.  Hopefully, the screen captures will give you a good idea of the image quality on your system - it is not style over substance - it is style realizing the narrative. Full marks for the filmmakers and 1080P transfer. Adjust your visual expectations accordingly.

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

You couldn't ask for much more out of the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a whopping 4104 kbps. The Green Zone has plenty of aggression with every form of military weaponry - and is all used in abundance. Prepare to be rocked - or even shell-shocked. Bass response is excellent but I didn't note too much high end. Like the video, I suspect this is a perfect rendering. I don't have any notes on the original score - which is strange as I always seem to be aware of it. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

 

Extras :

Extras cover the bases from a friendly, but informative, commentary with Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon to deleted scenes (avec commentary) to a couple of standard video supplements and a barrage of BD bells and whistles. You also get the proverbial Digital Copy with an expiry date of 1 year. Some real effort went into this - great job.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I wasn't particularly in the mood for this but I it didn't take me long to get swayed by the  building plot and coarse proceedings. Like the Bourne entries this was too much violence/action for me, personally, but I can see others loving the endless ride. Politically, you have to respect the tact although it was far from letting the cat out of the bag - the more exposure the better as far as I am concerned. The Blu-ray is top shelf on every front and if you know what to expect from Greengrass/Damon you'll be satisfied with the excesses - even appreciative of the build. 

Gary Tooze

June 21st, 2010

 

 

 

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 focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be it, but film will always be my first love and I list my favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible HERE.  

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