S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
Simon Killer [Blu-ray]
(Antonio Campos, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: FilmHaven Entertainment
Video: Eureka - Masters of Cinema - Spine #63
Region: 'B'-locked (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 46,452,482,572 bytes
Feature Size: 30,699,657,216 bytes
Video Bitrate: 38.70 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: August 26th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1764 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1764 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), English, none
• Behind-the-scenes and rehearsal footage from the production of
the film (20:47)
Description: A deeply disturbing character study of a
handsome and sociopathic American in Paris, writer-director
Antonio Campos's Simon Killer hones further the
psychological perceptiveness and keen filmmaking craft
exhibited in Campos's acclaimed feature debut Afterschool.
A heartbroken American on a soul-searching trip to Paris finds his buried secrets clawing their way to the surface in this neo-noir thriller from writer/director Antonio Campos (Afterschool). Lovelorn in the aftermath of a recent break-up with his longtime girlfriend, American college graduate Simon (Brady Corbet) wanders the streets of Paris aimlessly, and drifts into a sex parlor where he encounters mysterious prostitute Victoria (Mati Diop). His emotions suddenly reawakened, Simon hatches a plan to blackmail one of her wealthy clients -- a crime that has some unexpected repercussions for all involved.
"Simon Killer" is an amoral tale, and a cautionary one, that
reminded me my mama was right when she said "Never talk to strangers"
and "Looks can be deceiving."
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Simon Killer gets a technically strong transfer to Blu-ray from The Masters of Cinema arm of Eureka Cinema in the UK. The film was shot using the Arri Alexa HD camera and the image quality seems to hide most of the weaknesses of that versatile format. It looks as I anticipate it did theatrically - thick and heavy with many dark sequences. There is no noise. It is neither glossy nor pristinely sharp but shows some depth and I would guess the 2.4:1 aspect ratio 1080P transfer is a strong replication. Colors are mostly passive and true. The few day-lit close-ups produce good sharpness. This Blu-ray is dual-layered with one of the highest video bitrates that I have seen. It produces a pleasing and consistent presentation.
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Audio comes via a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 1764 kbps. The transfer is competent but the film doesn't have much aggression or crisp separations. There is some background noises coming through the rear speakers. There is an original score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (Martha Marcy May Marlene) who have done some shorts and documentaries together. It works well within the framework of the film's style and seems to benefit from the lossless. There are English subtitles for the French and optional English for the entire film and and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Masters of Cinema add some relevant supplements. We get a 20-minute Behind-the-scenes piece including rehearsal footage from the production of the film. There is a 15-minute Sundance Alumni interview with Antonio Campos and producers Sean Durkin and Josh Mond. The Last 15 - is Campos' Palme d Or nominated 17-minute film from 2007. The Case of the Conscious Camera - is a 1/2 hour interview with Campos discussing the aesthetics of Simon Killer and lastly (beyond a theatrical trailer) we have a 6-minute Conversations with Moms - that has Campos, Brady Corbet, and their mothers. The package contains a liner notes booklet featuring a new and exclusive essay by critic Karina Longworth; a new interview with Antonio Campos; a visual primer on the development of the poster art!
August 5th, 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 3500 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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