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Moonrise Kingdom [Blu-ray]
(Wes Anderson, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Indian Paintbrush
Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 33,352,971,486 bytes
Feature Size: 28,001,593,344 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.24 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3598 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3598 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio Portuguese 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DVS (Descriptive Video Service): Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), Portuguese, Spanish, none
•Featurette: A Look Inside Moonrise Kingdom (3:07)
• Welcome to the Island of New Penzance(Murray, Willis, Norton, Anderson - 6:11)
• Set Tour With Bill Murray (3:09)
Description: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban; and introduces Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the boy and girl.
Director/co-writer Wes Anderson teams with screenwriter Roman Coppola for this period comedy drama set in the 1960s, and following a pair of young lovers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) from an island off the New England coast as they head for the hills and throw their small town into a frenzy. Bruce Willis co-stars alongside Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand.
This is an adult film, really, of course, with all the pleasures of seeing Bruce Willis as a soft-hearted local cop; briefly encountering Tilda Swinton as a uniformed care worker called Social Services; lapping up the ample Hank Williams on the soundtrack; and squirming at a school production of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Noye’s Fludde’. But you can imagine ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ turning young kids on to cinema; it’s so full of a joyous love for the medium and smart without being clever-clever. Its childishness, sense of innocence and eye for fun all make it a very easy film to love.Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE
Moonrise Kingdom also recalls Anderson’s previous film, the
Fantastic Mr. Fox. The humans act like the chatty beasts of Mr.
Fox, dressing up in animal costumes, and sport a familiar badger’s face
for the Khaki Scouts troop logo.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Firstly, this is the UK edition that I am reviewing, but from what I have been able to ascertain - the transfer is pretty much the same for the other Blu-ray releases with differences in subtitle and DUB options varying for the country selling the package. This UK Universal region FREE Blu-ray may be the least expensive when factoring in currency exchange. Moonrise Kingdom's Blu-ray transfer is, like the film, bathed in golden yellows. It seems frequently dark cast - like a rainy day on the island. It is a dual-layered rendering with s strong bitrate for the 1.5 hour feature. The dulled pastels are intentional and fairly consistent throughout. The 1080P supports solid contrast with some minor depth in the 1.85:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing the filmmakers style and impressive art direction. This looks exactly like the theatrical version of the film and this Universal Blu-ray provides an excellent presentation.
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As well as the original score by Alexandre Desplat, we get a host of music by Benjamin Britten with some Schubert, Mozart and a couple of Hank Williams pieces thrown-in. All sound wonderful via the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a strong 3598 kbps. It handles all the film's audio track effects that are exported. Some of the orchestral pieces have brilliant resonating string sections - that are notable. Nothing but positives here for the audio transfer as well. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE.
Supplements are a little lean but what is here is enjoyable including a 3-minute Look Inside Moonrise Kingdom which is a little more than an extended trailer. The 'Welcome to the Island of New Penzance' is essentially the same piece 4 times - focusing a different cast/crew (Murray, Willis, Norton, Anderson). It total it runs over 6-minutes. Lastly, there is an amusing Set Tour With Bill Murray - with his own brand of deadpan-delivered humor - lasting 3-minutes.
December 17th, 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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