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About Cherry [Blu-ray]
(Stephen Elliott, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Enderby Entertainment
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,260,558,721 bytes
Feature Size: 19,563,313,152 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.89 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 15th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2167 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2167 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), Spanish, none
•Deleted Scenes (1:40)
• Trailer (2:14)
Description: 18-year-old Angelica (Ashley Hinshaw, Chronicle) shuffles between school, a dead-end job, her exploitative boyfriend (Johnny Weston) and home, where her life consists of cleaning up after her alcoholic mother (Lily Taylor) and protecting her younger sister from their menacing stepfather. After arranging an escape to San Francisco with her best friend Andrew (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), she soon finds herself dating a coke-addicted attorney (James Franco) and becoming immersed in the local adult film industry, mentored by director Margaret (Heather Graham), who has more than just a professional interest in Angelica's talents. Taking an insider's view of the adult film world, first-time director and novelist Stephen Elliott's ABOUT CHERRY is a gritty drama featuring an all-star cast in unprecedented roles.
An insider’s view of the pornographic film industry filtered through the
perspective of Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw) — a beautiful, fresh-faced
18-year-old who moves from Long Beach, Calif., to San Francisco — “About
Cherry” is eerily devoid of judgment or any kind of analysis. As
“Cherry” (her screen name) advances from erotic photographs to
girl-on-girl action to boy-girl films to director, she remains
preternaturally blasé. “It’s my job,” she responds to all naysayers.
A pretty California teen clings to her innocence while living in San Francisco, and embracing a career as an adult film starlet in this gritty drama featuring James Franco, Lili Taylor, and Heather Graham. Enticed into posing nude by her depraved boyfriend (Jonny Weston), shy high school student Angelica (Ashley Hinshaw) falls into the world of fetish photography, and begins to see a means of escaping her dead-end life. Meanwhile, as Angelica weighs her options while struggling to be a good role model for her impressionable younger sister, their shrewd mother (Taylor) and shady step-father offer little solace. Under the guidance of a sensitive female porn director (Graham) Angelica stands a good chance of becoming a big star, but as the conflicted teen bares her soul to her understanding best friend (Dev Patel, she finds herself falling under the spell of a drug-addicted lawyer (Franco) who may be her undoing.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
About Cherry was shot on HD and the Blu-ray from MPI carries some of the deficiencies of that format - contrast flares and occasionally waxy appearances. However, it also can look pristinely sharp. The 1.78:1 can look very flat but un-manipulated. It probably looked quite similar to this. This is only single-layered with a middling bitrate. Colors seem true - accurate skin tones - but the visuals are HD through-and-through. There are things I prefer about 'film' and this showcases some of the noisy weaknesses of this versatile format. It appears to be accurate from a production standpoint. Not remarkable in any sense but consistent in-motion.
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Jeff Russo did the original music and it is rendered in a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2167 kbps. There aren't many separations - it is not that type of movie. It sounds clean and clear - any minutely scattered dialogue adds a vérité aura to the specific scene. The film does not have an abundance of effects and the lossless track handles everything dished-out with relative ease. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'.
Not much. a short 'Deleted Scenes' and a trailer. For his first feature the writer/director might have considered a commentary. It would have added value to give credence to his less-understood film.
January 9th, 2013
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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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