S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
Inside Job [Blu-ray]
(Charles Ferguson, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Representational Pictures
Video: Sony Pictures Classic
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 43,754,268,661 bytes
Feature Size: 14,992,570,368 bytes
Video Bitrate: 16.88 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 8th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-2 Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English (SDH), English, French, Hindi, German, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, none
• Commentary with Director Charles Ferguson and Producer Audrey Marrs with optional English, French or German subtitles
• 5 Charles Morris Deleted Scenes (24:05 in 1080P)
• 2 Dominique Strauss-Khan Deleted Scenes (7:34 in 1080P)
• 4 Eliot Spitzer Deleted Scenes (14:54 in 1080P)
• Gillian Tett Deleted Scene (3:34 in 1080P)
• Harvey Miller Deleted Scene (33:35 in 1080P)
• Jerome Fons Deleted Scene (2:39 in 1080P)
• 2 Lee Hsien Loong Deleted Scenes (3:27 in 1080P)
• 4 Satyajit Das Deleted Scenes (15:10 in 1080P)
• Simon Johnson Deleted Scene (1:36 in 1080P)
• Yves Smith Deleted Scene (3:43 in 1080P)
• Trailer (2:19 - 1080P)
Description: From Academy AwardŽ-nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson (NO END IN SIGHT), comes INSIDE JOB, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.
As I was watching “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson’s meticulous and
infuriating documentary about the causes and consequences of the
financial crisis of 2008, an odd, archaic sentence kept popping into my
head. The words come from the second chapter of “The Scarlet Letter” and
are spoken in frustration and disgust by an old Puritan woman who
watches Hester Prynne, publicly disgraced but without any sign of
remorse, making her way from Salem’s prison to a scaffold in its market
square. She “has brought shame upon us all ...” the anonymous woman
remarks. “Is there not law for it?”
You have questions, "Inside Job" has answers. After watching
Charles Ferguson's powerhouse documentary about the global economic
crisis, you will more than understand what went down — you will be
thunderstruck and boiling with rage.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Inside Job is an incredibly important documentary (YES - Academy Award winner!) and I am willing to give it a wide berth in regards to technical quality for this Blu-ray transfer. IF my software is correct - this is in MPEG2 - but still 1080P. Current interview image quality is very strong - with great detail while vintage clips are subject to the best source available. It is all very watchable and as I have stated a few times - the content is more important here than the visual representation although I suspect that this is quite accurate to theatrical. Notable scenes are high above New York City's financial district, the Hamptons and the landscapes of Iceland. The screen captures below should give you a good idea but don't let any imperfections deter your opportunity to see this film. I mean it.
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My software could be mistaken but I didn't notice anything beyond the stated Standard Dolby stereo 2.0 channel sound. The film is exclusively dialogue (Matt Damon narrated - he does a great job!) so lossless surround is not a necessary component. I'll do a double check on another system this week. There are optional subtitles which include English, French, Hindi, German, Spanish, Turkish, and Arabic.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Great commentary from director Charles Ferguson and producer Audrey Marrs that informs us of many details - even beyond production foibles and decisions - and this conveniently offers optional English, French or German subtitles. Ferguson is one smart cookie and he is a pleasure to listen to. After that we have approaching 2 hours worth, of deleted scenes - organized under the participants name. So we get more information - presumably cut for time constraints of the average limited attention span (pushing a documentary film over 2-hours can be detrimental) so we can hear pretty much equally valid points from the likes of Charles Morris, Dominique Strauss-Khan, Eliot Spitzer, Satyajit Das and more. It's like a whole separate movie but e already have the basis from watching the feature. Very good!
Despite this Blu-ray's technical limitations - it provides an essential presentation that has our highest recommendation. Every consumer, every home owner, every investor, every one who has a bank account should seek this out as important, no - mandatory, viewing. The sooner the better.
March 1st, 2011
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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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