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(aka 'The Paranoids')

 

Directed by Gabriel Medina
Argentina 2008

 

Thirty-something Luciano Gauna is odd. A failing screenwriter in Buenos Aires, Luciano lives in an almost intense state... of paranoia, afraid of everything from STDs to even his doorman. When his childhood friend Manuel, a very successful TV producer, returns from Madrid with his stunning new girlfriend Sofia, his world is thrown into a near desperate funk. He discovers that Manuel has unflatteringly modeled him as the lead character on a successful Spanish TV show called THE PARANOIDS, which Manuel is now bringing to Argentina. When Manuel leaves on a business trip to Chile, Lucian's remaining grip on reality unravels when he's left alone with Sofia and her alluring charm.

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Theatrical Release: September 5th, 2008 - Toronto International Film Festival

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DVD Review: Oscilloscope Laboratories - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Oscilloscope Laboratories - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:44:52 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.46 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.

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Audio Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Music video for "Nada de Nada" by Farmacia
• The Paranoids complete soundtrack (MP3s)
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: April 12th, 2011

Custom Cardboard Digi-pak Case
Chapters: 16

 

Comments:

Oscilloscope Laboratories continue the road-less-traveled DVDs. Releases like 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, and Bradley Rust Gray's restrained The Exploding Girl. Now we can add Gabriel Medina's less-definable The Paranoids to the formidable list.

The dual-layered DVD is, predictably, strong. The transfer is anamorphic and progressive and looks to rival the heights of the SD format, The film has darker themes corresponding to the minimal color visuals. Contrast and detail are proficient and the overall presentation is a consistent and rerwarding one.

Audio is clean and clear without flaw probably sounding similar to the theatrical intent. Aside from some boisterous music the film has no aggression to speak of. There are optional English subtitles supporting the Spanish dialogue.

Extras don't shed any light on the production but focus on the contemporary music with a video for "Nada de Nada" by Farmacia and the complete 'The Paranoids' soundtrack (Lisandro Aloi + Guillermo Guareschi) via MP3s accessible from PC or Mac computers. There is also a theatrical trailer. 

This is a very cool film - the lack of direction seems intentional and establishes a quirky, avant-garde, feel that offers a strong appeal. We have human characters that are real and endearing. Overall this is a very positive viewing experience via DVD - one we can certainly recommend.  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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