S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal France 2009
"Entrancing. Something between a portrait and a performance
doc. Stunning and beyond atmospheric." --J. Hoberman, Village Voice
Theatrical Release: May 15th, 2009 - Cannes Film Festival
DVD Review: Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Cinema Guild - Region 1 - NTSC
Average Bitrate: 6.16 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.
|French (Dolby Digital 5.1) , French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Studio: Cinema Guild
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
End of a Love Affair (8 minutes), a short film by Pedro Costa
Full marks here for this avant garde exportation of the devotion to craft and artistic endeavors. This black and white 'reality' exploration is the epitome of 'cool'.
The Cinema Guild transfer is dual-layered and the appearance has some brightness flaring due to the contrast of pitch black and white with lone lights and shadows. In the more lit scenes this produces and edge-enhancement halo effect - see HERE. This is really the exception throughout the documentary and I can't discount that it may be part of the original source. I really don't know. It didn't deter my appreciation of the monochromatic visuals which are buoyed by the prevailing atmosphere and music. Audio comes in two flavors - a nominally separated 5.1 and a standard stereo - the latter, by the way, I thought was fine.
Supplements have quite a bit to offer as well with an 8-minute short film by Pedro Costa entitled The End of a Love Affair, plus some additional performances: "Le Tour Du Monde," "A Safe Place" and "Les Petits Papiers" - of which this reviewer is grateful. There are also eight "Tronomettes," which is the word used to describe the musical sketches of Jeanne Balibar - which follow the pattern of 'jazzy' enjoyment of the feature. Included are some international TV Spots with subtitles, a theatrical and teaser trailer plus a liner notes leaflet featuring notes by director Costa.
This is pretty amazing and Costa captures a feeling here that would be hard for most directors to imprint onto the screen. In the appropriate mood - Ne Change Rien can be a beautiful presentation experience - and I intended to lend the DVD to many fiends who I know will also love it. Just great...