S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
Directed by Lance Daly
"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.
Theatrical Release: July 11th, 2008 - Galway Film Fleadh
DVD Review: Oscilloscope - Region 0 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Oscilloscope - Region 0 - NTSC|
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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Subtitles||English, None (and for commentary as well)|
• Audio Commentary with Candy-Chomping, Cheeky Stars Kelly O'Neil and Shane Curry
• Bawdy Outtakes with Cast and Crew (4:09)
Kisses - A Behind the Scenes Look (14:12)
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.
Subtitle Sample (Feature TOP/ Commentary BOTTOM)