S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
Directed by Damien Chazelle
A full-fledged song-and-dance, tap-and-jazz musical, Damien
Chazelle’s GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH boldly recasts the 1940’s MGM
musical tradition in a gritty, vérité style, resulting in an exuberant
celebration of romance and music, and one of the most critically-acclaimed films
of the year.
Theatrical Release: April 23rd, 2009 - Tribeca Film Festival
DVD Review: Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 6.49 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)|
Studio: Cinema Guild
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Commentary by director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
Full marks here for creativity with Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench and the experiment worked like a charm on this lab rat. I loved the look and the style and the grain... and the music. VERY cool!
The image is... as the image is - I think it looks great - hand held camera modulations - vérité in its 1.33 and black and white image with rich texture. The Cinema Guild transfer is dual-layered and the appearance is consistent and clean - probably as good as it can look in the SD format. Audio is an unremarkable 2.0 channel but the music and, occasionally scattered dialogue, supported the presentation well enough. There are no subtitles offered.
Lotta supplements starting with an audio commentary by director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. It's nice to hear passionate filmmakers that have a lot to impart about their project. I don't know that it bolstered or hindered my appreciation for Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench but I fell into a nice trance while listening and rewatching the images. There are whopping 13 Deleted Scenes running just shy of 1/2 an hour, a scrambled On the Set 'Making of...' featurette for 20minutes and a Song Writing piece for 7.5 as well as a trailer.
I tell you what - give this a chance if you think you might be into this attempt. It succeeds on many fronts and is a colossally good mood setter. Depending on your exposure a rush of arthouse and older musical films may flood your brain while viewing - or you may just get-off on the scenario. All good.