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Point Blank aka À bout portant [Blu-ray]
(Fred Cavaye, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 27,469,200,446 bytes
Feature Size: 21,767,688,192 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.13 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 6th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2175 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2175 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 2109 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2109 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English Titles and Text Only, English (SDH), Spanish, none
• Behind the Scenes Documentary (50:01)
Description: Samuel is a nurse working at a hospital when his pregnant wife is kidnapped before his very eyes. Knocked unconscious, he comes to and discovers that a dangerous criminal named Sartet is responsible, and if he's ever to see his wife again, he must do Sartet's bidding. Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child.
"Point Blank" is not a French remake of the classic 1967 John Boorman flick that starred Lee Marvin; that would require being mean down to its very bones, and this one is a shade or two warmer than that - although that's a double edged sword; letting us like these characters means we can get hurt along with them.
“Point Blank” is an exhilarating adrenaline rush with breakneck momentum so shrewdly calculated that you could imagine its French director, Fred Cavayé, standing by with a heart-rate monitor. Just when the beats per minute have accelerated beyond 160, and you are gasping for air, a momentary respite gives you a few seconds to wipe your brow, catch your breath and take a sip from your water bottle. Then you’re shoved back into the race. I can’t recall another thriller that has maintained this kind of velocity without going kablooey and losing its train of thought.Excerpt from Stephen Holden of the NY Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The image on Point Blank elevates beyond SD - but not by a significant margin. Skin tones can appear somewhat orangey on Blu-ray from Magnolia. It is possible that the film looked like this theatrically but either/or it doesn't come across especially crisp in 1080P looking somewhat green. This creeps into dual-layered territory with a decent bitrate. Colors seem a shade muted although most of the film is in darker locales. Contrast is acceptable with some notably strong black levels in the later daylit scenes. This Blu-ray isn't visually overwhelming but perhaps the film itself isn't either. There is nothing glossy or artificial here and the image quality remains consistent.
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Magnolia provide a decent lossless, French language (original), DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 2109 kbps and a similar, but not recommended, uncompressed English DUB. Klaus Badelt's score is like a relentless metronome of intensity - building, distracting and building some more. It has remarkable depth and some keen separations for the bountiful aggression. There are optional subtitles (including the option for English Text and Titles) and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked although the film is available on Blu-ray in Europe (region 'B'.).
Supplements include a 50-minute, French language (with subtitles) Behind the Scenes documentary that seems a bit of a mish-mash including some production development. It has some value but its a lot to ask to wade through the entire thing. Aside form that is a theatrical trailer. Nothing else.
December 2nd, 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.
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