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Heavenly Creatures [Blu-ray]
(Peter Jackson, 1994)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: New Zealand Film Commission
Video: LionsGate / Miramax
Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,909,440,181 bytes
Feature Size: 20,913,057,792 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 13th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2081 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2081 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), English, Spanish, none
•Theatrical Trailer (2:03 in 480i)
Description: From acclaimed director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong) comes a true-life story of the shocking crime that stunned a nation. When circumstances bring together two imaginative teenage schoolgirls, they quickly form an unwavering bond, creating a fantasy world that only they can share. But then their parents become disturbed by the intensity of the friendship, and threaten to keep them apart. In retaliation, the girls vow to stay together, devising a secret plan that leads to shocking consequences. Thrilling and provocative, HEAVENLY CREATURES stars Academy AwardŽ winner Kate Winslet in her screen debut.
You have to adore a movie in which one of the characters refers to Orson
Welles as "It."
"Heavenly Creatures" is Peter Jackson's effort to explore that
universe, mimicking the killers' schoolgirl daydreams in a whirl of
giddy, all-consuming fantasy. Like Oliver Stone's "Natural
Born Killers," it enters an insular, volatile world of
high-hormone adolescence and captures its characters' scary detachment
from reality. In keeping with its heroines' thoughts of secret gardens
and giant butterflies, Mr. Jackson's film is virtually bloodless,
looking fussily benign. But its exaggerated sweetness is every bit as
chilling as more familiar masculine reveries about violence and
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Heavenly Creatures is presented on Blu-ray from LionsGate / Miramax in the 1 hour 49-minute 'uncut' version of the film. It appears reasonably strong in 1080P. This is single-layered with solid contrast. Colors are bright and true without digital manipulation. This Blu-ray image is clean, consistent without excessive grain or noise. There are some sequences of depth but it is not an overwhelming attribute. This Blu-ray probably looks just like the film and it advances beyond the last DVD editions in several key areas - notably detail and color balance. I don't have any major complaints.
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Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel stereo track at 2081 kbps. The film is fairly passively sound-wise and the lossless transfer handles the authentic stereo track with relative ease. There is little to test the depth or bass - but this seems an accurate representation of Heavenly Creatures soundstage. There are optional subtitle and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked but there is a region 'B' Blu-ray available in the UK HERE.
Unfortunately nothing but a trailer in SD. A director commentary from Jackson would have been a excellent addition - or interviews with the girls but this is now categorized as 'bare-bones'.
December 6th, 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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