S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Richard Ayoade, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Film Agency for Wales
Video: Anchor Bay
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,271,998,080 bytes
Feature Size: 19,036,243,968 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.02 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 4th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2536 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2536 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -4dB)
English (SDH), Spanish, none
• Nine Deleted or Extended Scenes (12:53 in 480i)
• The Making of Submarine(10:57 - 480i)
Description: Young Oliver Tate's coming of age is coming even sooner than expected. Prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners and indulging other self-absorbed fantasies, Oliver (Craig Roberts) suddenly finds himself submerged in real-life, dual challenges -- plotting to lose his virginity with a quirky new girlfriend (Yasmin Paige), while also struggling to reconcile his parent's (Golden GlobeŽ winner Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor) marriage, even though his mom seems smitten with the self-help guru next door (Paddy Considine). This charmingly original comedy from executive producer Ben Stiller and writer/director Richard Ayoade, has been pronounced by Vogue magazine ''a charming mix of quirk and cool.''
This is a spirited and warm film debut from TV comic Richard Ayoade,
best known as an actor on ‘The IT Crowd’ and a little less as a one-time
writer and director of ‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’ for Channel 4 – as
well as a maker of music videos for the likes of the Arctic Monkeys.
Ayoade’s background is in telly, but his film is proudly cinematic – so
much so that its big-screen influences are almost its defining
“Submarine,” the debut feature directed by Richard Ayoade, a well-known
English television comedian, is as smart and self-conscious as its
protagonist, a 15-year-old Welsh schoolboy named Oliver Tate (Craig
Roberts). This is only fitting, since the movie, in the manner of
precursors like “Rushmore” and “Garden State,” is more or less the movie
Oliver would make about himself.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Submarine appears surprisingly adept on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay. Detail is impressive in close-up and black levels are very strong. This is only single-layered but gave me a solid presentation in 1080P. Colors can be tight and rich without over exuberance. Skin tones seem true. This 1.85:1 transferred Blu-ray exports the attributes of the film's often inventive cinematography extremely well. I found no reasons for complaints and this Blu-ray probably gives the wonderfully human and amusing film Submarine an authentic and pleasing visual representation. All good.
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Submarine is devoid of any demonstrative audio aggression and the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2536 kbps handles all the action quite easily. There is an original score by Andrew Hewitt which comes through without obviousness and the film lacks any real need for crisp separation or depth. It sounds as it sounds. There are optional English subtitles - perhaps necessary for some to interpret the Welsh accents and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked although a Blu-ray has been available in the UK for a while.
Supplements consist of nine, fairly irrelevant but still interesting and amusing, deleted or extended scenes that last about a dozen minutes - transferred in 480i. There is also a Making of Submarine featurette running slightly shorter and includes snipit interviews with Yasmin Paige, Craig Roberts, director Richard Ayoade, Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor interspersed with clips from the film. There is no trailer but the disc starts with some previews.
September 28th, 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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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