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directed by Atom Egoyan
Canada 1988

 

Ignore the title: Family Viewing makes for fascinating viewing, though it is not designed as entertainment for the whole... family. This Canadian film stars David Hemblen as Stan, a profoundly disturbed young man. Upon the disappearance of his mother, Stan feverishly tries to piece together existing clues. He's not sure he likes the outcome, but given the extent to which his family has disintegrated, he's not surprised, either. Family Viewing was expertly filmed on a wafer-thin budget by independent Canadian director Atom Egoyan.

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Theatrical Release: 1 September 1988 (Australia)

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Zeitgeist Films - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution

Zeitgeist Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Artificial Eye
Region 'B' -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:26:18 1:26:24.929
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 15,530,676,216 bytes

Feature: 15,081,019,392 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Average Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Zeitgeist Films

 

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Artificial Eye Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English, French, none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Zeitgeist Films

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Atom Egoyan
• Behind the Scenes (4:3; 12:38)
• Atom Egoyan's Early Short Films:
• - 'Open House' (4:3; 25:47)
• - 'Howard in Particular' (4:3; 12:36)
• - 'Peep Show' (4:3; 7:12)
• Director Biography/Filmography
• Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: 26 June 2001
Amaray

Chapters 24
 

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 15,530,676,216 bytes

Feature: 15,081,019,392 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Average Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
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None
 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 24th 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.


ADDITION:
Artificial Eye - Region 'B' Blu-ray - July 2013':
 The
Zeitgeist DVD always looked a little vertically stretched to me. The image quality of the film is at the mercy of the limited budget resources and hence - even in 1080P the original 16mm can look video-ish. Still the Blu-ray improvements are evident in texture, color, detail - the HD visuals are rich and thick. This is only single-layered with a modest bitrate but I don't know that dual-layering would do much more for the video presentation. It is consistent and seems a strong replication of the original appearance. Like The Adjuster and Speaking Parts, Artificial Eye's audio has not taken advantage and exported a lossless sound and there are still no extras nor subtitles. So Zeitgeist with the Egoyan commentary etc. wins hands-down for the supplements but the superior image is on the region 'B' Blu-ray disc.

 - Gary Tooze

 


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Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 'B' -
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