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Berberian Sound Studio [Blu-ray]
(Peter Strickland, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Illuminations Films
Video: Artificial Eye
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 45,332,345,821 bytes
Feature Size: 24,712,747,008 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 31st, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Italian 3335 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3335 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary: LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
•Audio commentary by director Peter Strickland
• Interview with Peter Strickland (32:25)
• The making of Berberian Sound Studio (46:48)
• Deleted scenes with commentary by Peter Strickland (19:55)
• Production design gallery (20:28)
• 'Box Hill' extended documentary (5:19)
• 'Berberian Sound Studio' original short film (1:00)
• Theatrical trailer (1:36)
Description: 1976: A timid sound engineer from rural Surrey arrives in Italy to work on a mysterious horror film, mixing blood-curdling screams with the grotesque sounds of hacked vegetables. But as the on-screen violence seeps into his consciousness reality and fantasy become blurred and the nightmare starts to awake. Daringly original and masterfully constructed, this inspired homage to 70s Giallo horror is a devastating assault on the eyes and brain, already being compared to the films of Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch.
One of the underappreciated cinematic gems of 2012, Berberian Sound
Studio features the superb Toby Jones as a sound engineer working in
the mid-1970s. For his next job, he heads to Italy, to start working on
a new horror movie, where his task is to put together the audio mix for
the film. However, things don’t prove to be that simple. As he watches
more and more of the movie in question, Jones’ character gets
increasingly affected by it, to the detriment of his mental state. As he
does so, Berberian Sound Studio intelligently pays homage to the
likes of Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, and it emerges as something of a
love letter to the Italian horror movies of the era.
A delicately detailed immersion into the world of Z-grade Italian horror cinema that ultimately may or may not be a horror film itself, Peter Strickland's "Berberian Sound Studio" is a tense, teasing triumph. Affording the humble sound engineer his finest onscreen showcase since Brian De Palma's "Blow Out," this exquisitely crafted sophomore feature makes good on the atmospheric promise of Strickland's debut, "Katalin Varga," and offers British thesp Toby Jones a subtle moment in the spotlight.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Berberian Sound Studio gets a solid transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye. It is definitely into dual-layered territory and has a decent bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. The improved contrast adds subtle layers to the visuals with defined shadows and occasional depth. There is only some minor noise. The 1080P supports a pleasing appearance in the 1.85:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray probably looks like exactly the theatrical version of the film. It supplied a fine video presentation.
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Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a strong 3335 kbps. Of course, there are plenty of sound effects and they ring very true via the uncompressed with deft separations. Generally the rendering is quite impressive. There is also a linear PCM stereo option and there are optional English subtitles for the non-English dialogue and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
As well as an interesting audio commentary by director Peter Strickland, there are almost 2 hours of video extras including a 1/2 interview with Strickland, a 3/4 hour Making Of..., 20-minutes of deleted scenes with commentary by the director, a production design gallery, 'Box Hill' - an extended documentary lasting 5-minutes and the original short film for the project, as well as a theatrical trailer. Fans will enjoy delving into these.
January 1st, 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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