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Directed by Lance Daly
Ireland 2008

 

"On the fringes of Dublin two kids, Kylie and Dylan, live in a suburban housing estate devoid of life, colour and the prospect of escape. Kylie lives with five other siblings and her overworked mother. Next door, Dylan lives in the shadow of an alcoholic father and the memory of an elder brother who ran away from home two years earlier.

After a violent altercation with his father, Dylan runs away from home and Kylie decides to run away with him. Together they make their way to the magical night time lights of inner city Dublin, to search for Dylan's brother, and in the hope of finding, through him, the possibility of a new life.

Lance Daly's vision of Dublin, as seen through the innocent eyes of our protagonists, is a kaleidoscope of magic, wonder and mystery. But as the night wears on, and Dublin takes on a darker character, the two kids have to rely on the kindness of strangers, the advice of Bob Dylan and their trust in each other to survive the night."

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Theatrical Release: July 11th, 2008 - Galway Film Fleadh

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DVD Review: Oscilloscope - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Oscilloscope - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:18:27 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:8.64 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s   

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles English, None (and for commentary as well)
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Release Information:
Studio: Oscilloscope

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary with Candy-Chomping, Cheeky Stars Kelly O'Neil and Shane Curry

• Bawdy Outtakes with Cast and Crew (4:09)

• Making Kisses - A Behind the Scenes Look (14:12)

DVD Release Date:
October 26th, 2010
Custom cardboard fold-out digipak Case
Chapters: 16

 

Comments:

Oscilloscope Laboratories continue their trend of releasing eclectic yet lauded films with impressive DVD transfers - see past editions; Kent MacKenzie' The Exiles (with Milestone), Sebastián Silva's intimate The Maid, Michael Gondry's personal The Thorn in the Heart, the Danish mystery/thriller Terribly Happy, the 1977 documentary Word is Out, the pensive verité film The Exploding Girl and Jules Dassin's underappreciated The Law (La Loi). Oscilloscope are also venturing tentatively into Blu-ray with both The Messenger (a BD/DVD combo) and Gunnin' For That #1 Spot. There output is a collection of overwhelmingly strong films. Kisses fits in perfectly.

 

Firstly, I'll try to refrain from calling Kisses a 'masterpiece' after my two consecutive viewings - however, that is exactly how I feel. The dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic transfer is very strong - it appears to report a faithful representation of the original source - spotlessly clean, with pristine looking visuals looking as good as the SD medium can support. There is minor digital noise in low-lit sequences. It was shot on 35mm in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and nice, textured grain is prevalent.

Audio offers 2 options - a 2.0 channel stereo or under-utilized 5.1. many of the conversations have a verité feel with background issues an intentional part of the audio. Irish accents are strong. Original music is by GoBlimpsGo. There are optional English subtitles for both the feature and the commentary while the region free disc is housed in another handsome eco-friendly cardboard multi-fold-out case.

We get an amusing audio commentary with 'candy-chomping, cheeky stars' Kelly O'Neil and Shane Curry. It ends up being a bit informative... and cute - lots of giggling - strong honest accents. There is a 4-minute Bawdy Outtakes with Cast and Crew which is kind of like 'bloopers'. Making Kisses is a 15-minute behind the scenes look with some of the rehearsals and lighter moments. A warning for the language existing for both latter video extras - should have been for the commentary too!

This is a sweet lovable film that has some great cinematography from Jake Corbett, Lance Daly and David Grennan (all uncredited). Oscilloscope continue to impress and this package gets another VERY positive recommendation. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to see Kisses - an evocative and beautiful film experience.   

Gary W. Tooze

 



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