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The Turin Horse [Blu-ray]
(Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: TT Filmműhely / Cinema Guild
Video:Cinema Guild / Artificial Eye
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 2:35:26.900 /2:34:25.041
Disc Size: 39,098,226,049 bytes / 45,545,900,768 bytes
Feature Size: 28,248,053,760 bytes / 44,519,393,280 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.49 Mbps / 34.99 Mbps
Chapters: 14 /12
Case: Standard Blu-ray case (both)
Release date: July 17th, 2012 / September 10th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Hungarian 1577 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1577 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio English 1613 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1613 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Hungarian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English (SDH), none
•Hotel Magnezit (1978, 10 minutes), a short film by Bela Tarr
• Audio Commentary by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
• Press Conference with Bela Tarr, co-director Ăgnes Hranitzky; actors MihĂˇly Kormos, Erika BĂk, and JĂˇnos Derzsi; director of photography Fred Kelemen; composer MihĂˇly Vig; and co-producer GĂˇbor TĂni from the 2011 Berlin Film Festival (45 minutes)
• BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: Regis Dialogue with Bela Tarr at the Walker Art Center (2007, 81 minutes)
• Theatrical Trailer
• Booklet featuring an essay by film critic J. Hoberman
• Hotel Magnezit (1978, 11:49 in 576i), a short film by Bela Tarr
Description: Raw, compelling and emotionally devastating,
Béla Tarr s final film is a daringly original and searingly
vivid work of artistically precise, philosophically rigorous
filmmaking that has left audiences the world over gasping
On January 3, 1889 in Turin, Italy, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the doorway of number six, Via Carlo Albert. Not far from him, a cab driver is having trouble with a stubborn horse. The horse refuses to move, whereupon the driver loses his patience and takes his whip to it. Nietzsche puts an end to the brutal scene, throwing his arms around the horse s neck, sobbing. After this, he lies motionless and silent for two days on a divan, until he loses consciousness and his mind. Somewhere in the countryside, the driver of the cab lives with his daughter and the horse. Outside, a windstorm rages. Immaculately photographed in Tarr s renowned long takes, The Turin Horse is the final statement from a master filmmaker.
Never a prolific force, the Hungarian director Béla Tarr has declared
that ‘The Turin Horse’ will be his last film. He has also
suggested that the reason for hanging up his boots is apparent in the
film – which makes ‘The Turin Horse’ even more of a glorious,
terrifying mystery. It’s an epic portrait of drudging peasantry, set,
biblically, over six days – and it is a film that drills into the core
of your soul.
Writer/director Béla Tarr teams with screenwriter Lazlo Krasznahorkai to explore what may have happened to the horse that philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche defended during the onset of an intense mental breakdown in this earnest drama. When the horse that helped an elderly farmer earn his livelihood suddenly refuses to work, the farmer and his daughter face starvation and poverty.Excerpt from MRQElocated HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The 2.5 hour The Turin Horse has been transferred to a dual-layered Blu-ray thanks to Cinema Guild. The image quality is outstanding with some of the most deft contrast I've seen in 1080P. Entire scenes become like art and I took hundreds of captures having trouble deciding on a handful for the review. There are impressively rich black levels and textures seem almost tactile on my HD screen. This Blu-ray provides a magnificent, manipulation-free presentation with depth, substance - and not a hint of noise. I was blown-away...
I may not have got all capture matches exactly. The AE transfer is more robust with a higher feature file size and bitrate. It looks minutely brighter. Contrast may be marginally more layered, there is a modicum more grain but overall the differences will be negligible to most viewers. This, also 1.66:1, UK disc also looks awesome and for those who project and are discriminating to the max and demand the superior transfer - it is the Artificial Eye although very hard to identify via our still captures.
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We get a faithful DTS-HD Master stereo track at 1613 kbps. The lossless audio never overtakes the film's beautiful visuals but supports with clean, unfettered sound - minimally utilized in the production. It is clean and flawless with, frequent Tarr collaborator, Mihály Vig's score almost unnoticeable running sporadically beside the film - exactly as intended. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
AE's linear PCM track has very little, to no discernable difference from the similarly lossless (DTS-HD) Cinema Guild transfer. Both appear flawless although the UK may project the higher end a tad more discreetly - hard to say definitely. It also offers optional English subtitles but is region 'B'-locked.
Cinema Guild didn't scrimp on the extras including an audio commentary by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum as he discusses some of Tarr's other works and less-noticeable details during The Turin Horse. There are some gaps but fans of the director will relish the dissertation. Hotel Magnezit a interesting 10-minute, 1978, short film by Bela Tarr and there is also a 45-minute Press Conference with Tarr, co-director Ăgnes Hranitzky, some ofn the cast and crew from the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, Exclkusive to the Blu-ray offers Regis Dialogue with Bela Tarr at the Walker Art Center - it has Howard Feinstein interviewing Tarr in 2007 for a satisfying 81 minutes. It can really give many the opportunity to know the man and his work/art philosophy. There is also a theatrical trailer and a leaflet in the package featuring an essay by film critic J. Hoberman.
Only extra on the UK disc is the 1978 short film by Tarr; Hotel Magnezit - running11:49 in 576i.
Cinema Guild - Region FREE - Blu-ray
I've come to expect nothing less from Artificial Eye - an easily choice for release by them and they have done the a/v proud - reaching the zenith of quality. Those keen on the CG supplements have the option but those in region 'B' less-concerned with extras can go for the Artificial Eye! A must-own in any case.
August 17th, 2012
September 2nd, 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 5000 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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