S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Lewis Teague, 1983)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Sunn Classic Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,054,565,649 bytes
Feature Size: 18,990,127,104 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 22nd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 830 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 830 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio English 900 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 900 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
• New Commentary by director Lewis Teague
Description: Based on the Stephen King's terrifying novel - A lovable St. Bernard becomes rabid and terrorizes a small community. In rural Maine, married couple (Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh-Kelly) struggle to repair their crumbling marriage, while their young son (Danny Pintauro) befriends the hulking, but lovable St. Bernard owned by the town's mechanic (Ed Lauter). With her husband out of town, she and her son take their decrepit car for repairs at the mechanic's remote farmhouse. As the aging Pinto sputters, stops and dies, Cujo appears. The once docile dog has undergone a hideous transformation - and has become a demonic, impeccable killer possessed of an almost supernatural strength and unholy cunning. Lewis Teague (Cat's Eye) directed this critically acclaimed spine-chilling tour-de-force.
This adaptation on a modest budget from Stephen King's bestseller about a rabid St Bernard is a pleasing illustration of the filmic simplicity at the heart of King's better writing. Any old pulp writer can trap heroine and child in a broken-down car menaced by a vicious dog, but it takes a King to spot the enormous advantage of keeping them there for two-thirds of the book. Fortunately Teague follows his lead, making considerable visual and narrative mileage out of the struggle between dog and car, as his actors scream and cry their way through the movie with commendably little shame. But for all its ingenuity, Cujo does lose an awful lot of ground from the fact that rabid St Bernards tend to evoke pity rather than terror. Perhaps that explains why the film's US earnings would buy few dog biscuits.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Based on a Stephen King novel, Cujo is not as menacing or as frightening as other film adaptations of King's popular... stories and especially cannot compare to the 1976 Carrie. Cujo is a happy St. Bernard until he is bitten on the nose by a rabid bat and slowly begins manifesting the symptoms of his fatal illness. His condition deteriorates as he attacks people again and again, until finally, mom Donna Trenton (Dee Wallace) and her son Tad (Danny Pintauro) are trapped inside the family car with Cujo lurking nearby, set to kill them any way he can. A showdown is inevitable but is as predictable as the rest of the film.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Cujo gets a typical Olive Blu-ray transfer - a single-layered bare-bones disc (although this does sport a brand new commentary) with a modest, but acceptable file size and bitrate. Aside from being a 1.78:1 aspect ratio (presumably opened-up from 1.85:1) this looks like a straight rendering - the image is reasonably clean and bright, no excess gloss and has a bit of depth here and there. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering and any minor flaws had no detrimental effect on my viewing. It looks solid and as good as this film with likely get.
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Olive stay authentic and modest with a DTS-HD Master mono track at a puny 830 kbps. Charles Bernstein's original music stays the course with some intensity and jolting suspense but the track doesn't go heavy on the bass. There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Nice of Olive to include a new, 2012, commentary from director Lewis Teague. He is regarded as an extremely efficient and underrated director and has done mostly TV work in the past 20 years. I appreciate the opportunity to hear his thoughts on Cujo, the production and evolution of the film.
January 15th, 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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