S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Peter Weir, 1993)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Spring Creek Productions
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,858,205,842 bytes
Feature Size: 22,956,926,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.61 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2073 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2073 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
Description: San Francisco architect Max Klein can see clearly now. He's been transformed ever since he stared death in the face - and discovered he was unafraid. Peter Weir (Witness) directs Fearless, the vivid story of how a near-death experience impacts the lives of three people. Jeff Bridges plays Max, more wildly alive and taking more risks than ever since surviving a plane crash. Isabella Rossellini is Laura, struggling to find in Max the man she married. And Rosie Perez, 1993 Academy Award nominee and Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago Film Critics Award winner as Best Supporting Actress, is fellow crash survivor Carla: alive, yet devastated by a grievous loss. It seems that no one can heal her pain. But then she meets the one person who fearlessly knows how.
Adapted by screenwriter Rafael Yglesias from his own novel, Fearless explores the complex struggle back to mental health of post-traumatic stress disorder victim Max Klein (Jeff Bridges). One of few survivors of a fatal plane crash, Klein remains calm and assists other survivors out of the burning debris, earning praise as a hero by the media. After stoically departing the tragedy without a word to emergency officials, Max returns home with detached feelings towards his wife (Isabella Rossellini) and son, along with a bizarre, seemingly authentic belief that he is now impervious to harm. Bill Perlman (John Turturro), a psychiatrist for the airline, fails to reach Max about his newfound fearlessness, but asks for his help in aiding Carla (Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Rosie Perez), a fellow crash survivor filled with grief and guilt over the loss of her baby. In one of his earlier roles, Benicio del Toro plays a small part as Carla's boyfriend.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
A plane on a routine flight loses pressure. The captain warns the
passengers that they are about to crash. Architect Max Klein (Jeff
Bridges) had been afraid of flying yet now, as he faces imminent death,
he is utterly calm and unafraid. The plane does crash, but not everyone
is killed. Max survives and is able to calmly rescue other survivors
from the wreckage. Then, as the emergency services arrive on the scene,
the accidental hero departs and checks into a hotel as if nothing had
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Fearless finally comes to a decent digital edition - now on Blu-ray from Warner. The image is transferred in 1080P on a single-layered disc with a modest bitrate. It looks decent with healthy contrast and a spotless print. The video is brighter and truer than SD could relate although it can tend to look a shade flat. Skin tones have some warmth and there is no intrusive noise. Daylight scenes are the most impressive and the film plays with light quite a lot. This Blu-ray appears to do its job although doesn't quite match-up to the film - which has some visually impressive scenes. By modern standards this is fairly tame visually but as a representation of the original - we probably have a solid replication. This Blu-ray is transferred at 1.78:1 (the film was 1.85) and provided me a pleasing, if not dynamic, presentation.
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One of the most appealing attributes of Fearless is the soundtrack, augmenting the impressive score by Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia, The Tin Drum, The Man Who Would Be King, The Damned). We get brilliant compositions by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki ("Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"), Beethoven, Dumisani Maraire, Penderecki, The Gipsy Kings! (Sin Ella) - all sounding exquisite via the DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 2073 kbps. The music is a rich cornucopia - the Górecki particularly notable - and the uncompressed track supports powerful and resonant depth. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The only supplement is a trailer - which really is a shame because it's prime cinema in my opinion and deserves some discussion.
December 11th, 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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