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Directed by Lisandro Alonso
Argentina | France | Netherlands | Germany | Spain
2008

 

Lisandro Alonso is one of cinema's most acclaimed new generation of filmmakers. Liverpool follows an enigmatically homesick shipworker, taking leave of his ship in a wintry Tierra del Fuego, compelled to visit the family he hasn't seen in years. When he finally arrives, he discovers that he's been forgotten by his ailing mother and is a complete stranger to his daughter, Analia. Liverpool was heralded at both Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals in 2008, proclaimed "one of the best undistributed films" by both INDIEWire and Film Comment, and 'Best Film of 2008' by CinemaScope.

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Theatrical Release: May 19th, 2008 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: Second Run - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution Second Run DVD - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:22:00 (4% PAL Speedup)
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.96 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 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: Second Run DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Untitled [Letter for Serra] (23:05)

Alonso on Camera (5:19)

• 16-page liner notes booklet with essay by David Jenkins

DVD Release Date: January 23rd, 2012

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

Intriguing minimalist drama with cinematography representing the starkness. The overall tone trends to the melancholy as we see more evidence of a life wasted - with self-indulgent wandering, no roots and lacking familial bonds.

Typical of Second Run - the DVD is region free and progressive. We get a beautiful dual-layered image that looks solid in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and rendered in the PAL standard. Any softness is rooted in production - and the colors are bright and impressive. Considering this is the SD format - the image quality is very much above-average.

The flat 2.0 channel Spanish-language audio is clear and competent with many more empty pauses than dynamic effects. There are, complete, optional English subtitles.

Supplements include a 23-minute short 'Untitled [Letter for Serra]' - another minimalist piece following the stealth activities of a hunter. Alonso on Camera is a 5 minute interview with the director and the package includes a 16-page liner notes booklet with essay by David Jenkins.

The deliberate pacing may throw-off some viewers. The value here is in a less-pandering style and a methodically detailing capsule of one man's existence. For those open enough to appreciate this - we can definitely recommend!  Another gem from Second Run! 

Gary W. Tooze

 


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