S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Lucas Belvaux, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Agat Films & Cie
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 36,971,050,516 bytes
Feature Size: 34,783,895,040 bytes
Video Bitrate: 31.62 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard 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 French 3369 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3369 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Description: Nominated for four Cesar Awards (including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor), Lucas Belvaux's edge-of-your-seat thriller - inspired by the 1978 kidnapping of French industrialist Edouard-Jean Empain - features a career-defining performance by Yvan Attal (Munich, Rush Hour 3) as a millionaire playboy who is abducted and held for ransom for 60 days.
On a morning like any other a powerful business man, Stanislas Graff, is kidnapped outside his luxurious apartment building... by a gang of thugs. From there begins a terrifying ordeal that will last for several weeks. Despite being tortured and humiliated Graff resists his captors. He accepts his fate without complaint. Cut off from the world, receiving only glimpses of information from his captors, Graff fails to understand why nobody is willing to pay the ransom. Outside, his world is falling to pieces as details of his personal life are revealed -- exposed by the police investigation and media frenzy. Friends and family discover that the real Stanislas Graff may not be the man they thought they knew.
Belvaux, aided by elegant work from cinematographer Pierre Milon, orchestrates an extensive and dove-tailing cast, the relay of information, dramatic police chases and swift changes of pace and negotiating stance with old-fashioned Melvillian sang froid and teasing emotional restraint. As we constantly intercut to a disintegrating Graff, the ironies of the unfortunate man’s menacing predicament are allowed to quietly compound (if not settle) in a pleasing counterpoint to the frenzied action outside. It’s obvious Belvaux is having fun in his impassive portrait of a poor little rich man undone by not only fortune and fate but his own misdeeds and blind arrogance; but the director is never so indulgent as to spoil what is a finely mounted thriller.Excerpt from Wally Hammond at TimeOut.com located HERE
“Rapt’’ is the French word for kidnapping. In its simplicity and
terseness, it’s an ideal title for Lucas Belvaux’s very good film about
a high-powered abduction. “Rapt’’ is smooth, cool, and efficient. It’s a
movie with very little wasted motion - or, for much of its length,
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Rapt appears pretty solid on Blu-ray from Lorber Films. There is strong contrast and detail. The many low lit scenes produce a small amount of noise. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate. Colors seem un-manipulated and there is a slight blue bias. This Blu-ray seems to be doing its job although the film is not generous with impressive visuals. I expect this looks like Rapt - without augmenting the visuals and producing major digital flaws. It should provide a reasonable and consistent presentation.
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The Blu-ray support the film with a solid DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 3369. There are some potently allocated separations and Riccardo Del Fra's score bounces the film from one action/chase-sequence to the next. Depth is exported when called upon and the higher-end is crisp. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked although the French/Belgian film is available in 1080P in European countries as well.
Only a trailer and a stills gallery are offered here from Lorber. I think it is a pretty good film but obviously not enough well-considered to add some viable extras - ex. a director interview would have seemed appropriate.
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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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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