S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: NALA Films
Video:Icon Home Entertainment
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 30,654,938,782 bytes
Feature Size: 28,602,187,776 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 2nd, 2010
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4143 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4143 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
• Interviews with Julianne Moore (3:53 in 576i - PAL), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (4:19 in 576i - PAL), directors Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein (9:01 in 576i - PAL)
Description: A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.
Julianne Moore is a psychiatrist trying to unravel the multiple personalities of her new patient, a young drifter called Adam, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. People start turning up dead, and Rhys Meyers has a whiff of the supernatural about him.
Dr. Cara Jessup (Julianne Moore) has made a career from debunking the notion of multiple personality disorders and has testified in court to that effect, resulting in many murderers being executed for crimes their supposed alter-egos perpetrated. That is until her father introduces her to his new patient Adam (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, using a full repertoire of clichéd American accents) who will test her rational mind to the limit as he appears to embody the persona’s of people who have died mysteriously.
Shrink Julianne Moore dismisses multiple personality disorder as a myth,
but her father introduces her to a young patient with such an extreme
form of the condition that he takes on different, genuine disabilities
with each alter ego. It is a psychological suspense thriller of two
halves and the film has a real feeling of schizophrenia, not just from
Meyer's lead character but it's direction from Swedish duo Måns Mårlind
and Björn Stein, the first half is tense and gripping, the second half
becomes more action and fabled story telling.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Shelter has some surprising depth and acceptable detail supported by healthy contrast. It's dual-layered with a strong bitrate and aside from a few overly-exuberant colors - I'd say this is a rather impressive appearance. There isn't an abundance of gloss and skin tones seem true. I didn't notice a preponderance of noise and this Blu-ray is much better than I was expecting from this less-lauded film. This 1080p rendition probably does an excellent job of recreating the theatrical image. I don't see an demonstrative flaws. It gave me a solid visual presentation.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
A barely used powerhouse lossless audio track in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 4143 kbps. There are only a few lonely instances where the track's ability is utilized and it comes through is spades with creepy bass and a supportive, mysterious, score by John Frizzell. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
About 15-minutes worth of interviews with Julianne Moore (3:53 in 576i - PAL), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (4:19 in 576i - PAL), and directors Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein. Nothing overly relevant but I was keen to hear the directors take on the story migration to the screen - although they seem a might testy.
July 25th, 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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
ALL OUR NEW FORMAT DVD REVIEWS