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Rumble Fish [Blu-ray]
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1983)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Spine #42
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 37,387,123,623 bytes
Feature Size: 32,243,980,416 bytes
Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case or Steelbook
Release date: August 27th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3857 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3857 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1576 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1576 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1570 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1570 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 785 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 785 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 512 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), none
• Music and effects track
Description: In this second of Francis Ford Coppola's
back-to-back screen adaptations of novels by S. E. Hinton,
the grand romanticism of The Outsiders was flipped to
create an expressionist, monochrome vision of youthful
passion and melancholy, and became one of Coppola's most
personal and dazzling works.
One of two S.E. Hinton novels Francis Ford Coppola directed in 1983, Rumble Fish is a stylized black-and-white film... about the death of gang culture in a rough-and-tumble town full of stunted youths. The central character is the strutting Rusty James (Matt Dillon), a foul-mouthed lunkhead clad in sweaty tank tops, who passes his time at the billiards hall waiting for "something" to happen in his life. That something might be the return of his brother, known only as the Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), from exile in California. Charismatic and intelligent, the Motorcycle Boy once led numerous wide-eyed followers into battle, into the "rumbles" once commonplace in town. Rusty James wants to take over that role, but lacks the smarts necessary for leadership, nearly getting himself killed in an opening fight. The Motorcycle Boy stops the fight with equal parts efficiency and cool, and Rusty James seems delighted by his brother's return. But it quickly becomes clear that a local cop (William Smith) is still gunning for the Motorcycle Boy, waiting for him to slip up, even though the mysterious youth has developed a weary philosophy of life and a skeptical view of his former power. As the Motorcycle Boy seems more and more distant, lost in deaf and color-blind fugues, Rusty James gets into greater trouble, running afoul of his girlfriend (Diane Lane) and friends (Nicolas Cage, Christopher Penn, Vincent Spano), and seeming on the path to destruction.
As this may suggest, ''Rumble Fish'' exerts more than a little
fascination, even at its most absurd. When Mr. Coppola positions his two
heroes against an enormous clock-face, which happens to be tied to a
parked truck, his audacity can't help but be attention-getting. But the
film is so furiously overloaded, so crammed with extravagant touches,
that any hint of a central thread is obscured. Mr. Coppola has wandered
so far from whatever attracted him to the material that neither he nor
Miss Hinton, who collaborated on the screenplay, can even begin to
convey whatever they regarded as its essential concerns.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The scintillating black and white cinematography of Rumble Fish looks absolutely fabulous on Blu-ray from The Masters of Cinema arm of Eureka Entertainment in the UK. The 1080P image quality is showcased by brilliant contrast exporting crisp detail and frequent depth. What becomes apparent is how effectively this benefits establishing the film's important aura and moods. Wow. This Blu-ray is wonderfully consistent and clean with only one or two minor speckles noticeable in the entire pristine presentation. This dual-layered transfer is a beauty and gets top marks.
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Masters of Cinema give the option of the original 2.0 channel stereo track as well as a 5.1 bump - both via DTS-HD Master. Copeland's unsettled score and "Don't Box Me In" track sound impressive in lossless. The stereo exports some resounding bass and the film's subtle effects are also notable as tight and crisp. You may opt to hear the isolated music and effects track also in HD. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Masters of Cinema add some great extras. Included is the audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola from the 2005 Special Edition DVD. He is open and honest about casting, Hinton's novel, Rumble Fish's major themes, and the difficulties and benefits shooting in Tulsa. Which leads us to another piece entitled 'On Location in Tulsa' which is a 12-minute 80's video featuring new and vintage interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. The Percussion-Based Score, has Stewart Copeland and Coppola discussing the film's soundtrack for another dozen minutes. These three were all on the past US DVD. There are also six, poor quality deleted scenes lasting almost 20-minutes and an original theatrical trailer in HD. The package contains a lavish booklet featuring the words of Francis Ford Coppola, rare archival imagery, and more. As previously stated there is an isolated music and effects track accessible in uncompressed.
July 23rd, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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