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A Late Quartet [Blu-ray]
(Yaron Zilberman, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Opening Night Productions
Video: Curzons Film World
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 31,429,216,597 bytes
Feature Size: 30,087,782,400 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.68 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 29th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2781 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2781 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio Description: LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
English (SDH), none
Description: When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A LATE QUARTET pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.
A Late Quartet, the first fiction film from director Yaron Zilberman, follows the lives of four longtime colleagues who play in a celebrated string quartet together. As the group begin their 25th season together, the eldest member (Christopher Walken) discovers he has the beginning stage of Parkinson's disease. Because he can't perform to the best of his abilities, he would like to bow out of the quartet without disbanding it. However, a married couple within the group (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener) are on the brink of breaking up, and their rocky period isn't helped by the fact that the fourth member has begun an affair with their college-age daughter. A Late Quartet screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
A Late Quartet seamlessly blends the personal, artistic and
professional lives of top-level musicians in a unique, absorbing story
that engages both heart and mind.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
A Late Quartet gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Curzons. Dual-layered with a strong bitrate for the 1 3/4 hour feature. Colors are tight and crisp and detail at the very high end. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and some minor depth in the 2.35:1 frame. This is a beautiful film - and looks it. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there is no noise or any other flaws with the rendering. It looks magnificent - even exceeding that for a modern production. This Blu-ray provides a strong presentation. Thumbs up!
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The 'Quartet' in the film is famous for playing Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14, opus 131, which is actually famous for its continuous play status. There are musical sequences in the film but I'd say that it is primarily dialogue. The score is by, prolific, Angelo Badalamenti - who has done much work with David Lynch including composing for Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Wild at Heart and The Straight Story among others. We get the option of a linear PCM 2.0 channel at 2304 kbps or a more dynamic DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2781 kbps. I wouldn't say there are an abundance of separations , but the few that exist travel discreetly to the rear. Depth is audible in the music with strong definition of certain notes. There is also a 'descriptive track' available - also in lossless. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Only a trailer - a commentary, from the director, would have been appreciated.
July 11th, 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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Gary W. Tooze
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