S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Francis Ford Coppola, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: American Zoetrope
Video: 20th Century Fox
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 40,368,806,092 bytes
Feature Size: 27,317,919,744 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.47 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 23rd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.00:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3728 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3728 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
• Twixt - a Documentary by Gia Coppola (37:42)
Description: Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning star in this terrifying horror film written and directed by Academy Awardr Winner Francis Ford Coppola.* Kilmer plays Hall Baltimore, a writer on a book tour who uncovers a disturbing murder that could be source material for his next novel. But as Hall investigates the killing, he finds himself confronted by chilling nightmares, including the ghost of a young girl (Fanning). As he uncovers more horrifying revelations, Hall will discover that the story has more to do with his own life than he could ever have imagined.
Francis Ford Coppola's gothic horror film Twixt stars Val Kilmer as Hall Baltimore, a semi-successful, alcoholic horror novelist who has been reduced to performing a book signing in the small town of Swan Valley. The local sheriff (Bruce Dern) tells him about a mysterious massacre in the town's history, and suggest that the two of them write a book about it. While at first Hall blows off the suggestion, he has a series of disturbing dreams -- often involving Edgar Allan Poe (Ben Chaplin) -- about the town and its history that prompt him to dig further into the truth. Co-starring Elle Fanning, Twixt screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
By his own admission, Francis Ford Coppola is having fun, and who can
blame him? At 73, his place in film history as one of the great
directors secure, he's just kicking back. He's got money and is willing
to spend a little of it to make his own films.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Twixt appears pristine on Blu-ray from Fox. The 1080P image quality is without flaws and supports the diverse cinematography and effects. This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate. Daylight scene colors seem brighter and truer than SD could relate. Contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels supporting some strong detail in the close-ups. The effects are imperfect but the higher resolution doesn't make them overly transparent. This Blu-ray has smooth, sleek, sharp feel with plenty of depth and no noise. The dream sequences are black and white with flares of colors and they look... dreamy. This Blu-ray probably looks like the film Twixt and it gave me a great visual presentation.
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Audio is exported via a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at 3728 kbps. It handles Twixt's sound stage with relative ease - there are some subtle effects sneaking, surprisingly to the rear speakers. It is very atmospheric in the first half of the film. There is an original score by Dan Deacon and Osvaldo Golijov (Coppola's Tetro) which is supported perfectly sounding quite clear and crisp with some underused bass. There are optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Only one supplement - an interesting documentary on the making of Twixt by Gia Coppola (Granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola.) It runs shy of 40-minutes and has a lot with the director and examines aspects of the production.
July 16th, 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.
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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