S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Evan Glodell, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Coatwolf Productions
Video: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 44,190,809,724 bytes
Feature Size: 31,100,510,208 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.00 Mbps
Case: Custom eco-friendly digipak in cardboard sleeve
Release date: November 15th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3200 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3200 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English (SDH), none
• Behind the Scenes of Bellflower (23:42 in 720P)
•Medusa Rundown (10:11 in 720P)
• Outtakes (7:58 - in 1080P)
•Original Theatrical Trailer (2:03 in 1080i)
DVD of Feature with extras included
Description: Best friends Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building MAD MAX-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of love and hate, betrayal, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.
"Bellflower" is a scrappy indie movie that comes out of nowhere
and blows up stuff real good. It also possibly represents the debut of a
one-of-a-kind filmmaker, a natural driven by wild energy, like
Tarantino. I know what the budget was, but if I told you, you'd arrive
at all the wrong conclusions. Let's say Evan Glodell had all the money
he needed to make this particular movie and more might have changed it
for the worse.
Nonetheless, you've got to admire their ingenuity, imagination, and
energy. In addition to the flamethrower, they've also rigged up a
whiskey-dispensing car dashboard, and as a piece de resistance have
created the Road Warrior–inspired "Medusa," a 1972 Buick Skylark
souped up to breathe fire. They're all set for the wasteland to come,
but what about the one that lies within?
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The image quality of the Blu-ray of Bellflower seems to be a solid representation of the film. The production was neither glossy nor pristine but the grit of the indie limitations hold up well with some diverse angles and styles. There are some ellipsis with, what appears to be different stock, to represent the time function. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate and contrast and colors are reasonably tight. The image is clean and any improprieties (you see a smudged lens in one scene) are not the fault of Oscilloscope's competent transfer. There are no glaring warts. This Blu-ray has a nice realistic feel - representational of the film and it provided me with an excellent presentation.
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Audio is as well-done as the video with an excellent DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3200 kbps. There are some separations and the crisp ones are the exception but the frequently scattered dialogue add to the vérité feel. Depth is there for the 'Medusa'. There is also a linear PCM stereo track as an option. Optional English subtitles are available.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Supplements offer a 24-minute Behind the Scenes of Bellflower - featuring interviews with cast and crew, and some on-set footage, a 10-minute 'Medusa Rundown' - an in-depth look at the very cool hand-built car - plus about 8-minutes of Outtakes and a theatrical trailer in HD. Oscilloscope have also included a copy of the DVD version in their eco-friendly package. A filmmaker commentary might have been appropriate but I can live without it. There is some decent stuff here.
November 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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