S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(MichaŽl R. Roskam , 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Savage Film
Video: Soda Pictures
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,998,285,482 bytes
Feature Size: 20,271,046,656 bytes
Video Bitrate: 16.10 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 20th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Dutch 1873 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1873 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Dutch 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
English (SDH), none
•Making of (21:56)
• Trailer (1:38)
Description: Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge,
redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky
Vanmarsenille (Rust & Bone's Matthias Schoenaerts in a
ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on
steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a
notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal
agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past
resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the
far-reaching consequences of his decisions.
His brow is wide, his eyes wary, and his long, flat nose looks like it's intimately acquainted with various blunt objects; from the moment Jacky Vanmarsenille (Schoenaerts) lurches face-first toward the camera, you understand why Belgian director Michael R. Roskam's debut feature is called Bullhead. A cattle farmer who intimidates clients into buying his beef, Jacky moves in the same morally dubious circles as the Flemish gangsters who peddle him illegal growth hormones. His own bulky physique and hyperaggressive attitude suggest a firsthand knowledge of such enhancers, but viewers should stifle the urge to dismiss him as just another steroid-taking mook. A well-placed flashback reveals the reason behind his volatility---instantly transforming Jacky from hair-trigger thug to tragic hero.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
“My whole life I’ve known nothing but animals,” declares Jacky
Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), the tragic and scary protagonist
of “Bullhead.” Jacky, who is addicted to anabolic steroids, is a
bulky, half-handsome, slightly misshapen lug who runs his family’s
cattle farm in Limburg, in the Flemish region of Belgium.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Bullhead came out in the US on Blu-ray HERE and has now arrived in the UK from Soda Pictures. Image quality seems quite good even for a single-layered effort with a modest bitrate. I'm unsure how this compares to the Image Entertainment release but perhaps we will add their captures one day. The 1080P supports decent contrast but there is nothing particularly remarkable - nor nothing to suggest it is not exporting an accurate presentation. It's very clean showcasing some hi-def in close-ups but the film projects a dark, earthy aura and outdoor sequences appear the best. The Soda Pictures Blu-ray gave me a worthwhile, consistent, presentation.
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The audio gives the option of DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 at 1873 kbps or linear PCM 2,0 channel at 1536 kbps both in the original Dutch language. Predictably, by the film's name the audio and effects can project tension and aggression but the separations are more on the subtle side. Bullhead's score is by Raf Keunen and adds flavor to the more introspective and contemplative moments of the screenplay where boldness leaves a hollow. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Extras consist of a 22-minute Making of (In Dutch and French with English subtitles) and a trailer. There are interviews in the Making of piece with the filmmakers and performers and I believe this is the same extra found on the US edition (that also includes a commentary that is absent here).
May 25th, 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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