S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(aka 'Wild Grass')
At first glance, Wild Grass may appear frivolous compared
Hiroshima mon amour or landmark documentary,
Night and Fog, but Resnais has displayed great variety of storytelling
throughout his expansive career and proven over and over again that not all of
his films need be as experimental or as serious as
Last Year at Marienbad. (Have you watched his fun period musical Not
on the Lips?) Based on Christian Gailly's novel, The Incident, from a
faithful screenplay by Laurent Herbiet and Alex Reval, Wild Grass treats
its fascinating, complex, adult characters with warmth, respect and also
intelligence. Still, there's no denying the great humor throughout the film.
Theatrical Release: May 20th, 2009 - Cannes Film Festival
DVD Review: Sony - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Audio||French (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
of Production Designer Jacques Saulnier (6:29)
This is a lovely film from Resnais. It touches on the melancholy, as well as humor, and life's fatal circumstances. It speaks volumes while meandering around the characters, often comedic, lives. It's improper to call it typical Resnais as the director has such range it seems invalid but one could spot signatures in this work. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The DVD transfer from Sony is anamorphic, dual-layered and progressive. It's a little thick, a bit hazy and not exporting remarkable detail. But it is consistent and quite possibly a decent representation of the theatrical. It is, predictably, very clean and still gave me an enjoyable presentation.
Audio is unremarkable but close, I'll wager, to the way it was produced with virtually no separations necessary for the 5.1 track to support. There are optional English subtitles for the French dialogue-driven film. The disc is region 1 in the NTSC standard.
Not extras of note with only a trailer and 6-minute 'Portrait of Production Designer Jacques Saulnier' praising the set designs. I recommend this film - I see it is coming out in the PAL format in November from New Wave Films in the UK HERE. Definitely give this a spin if you get the opportunity.