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Directed by Francis Ford Coppola 
USA 1987

 

Francis Ford Coppola's impressive return to the subject of the Vietnam War is a poignant and contemplative companion piece to his epic masterwork 'Apocalypse Now'.

Set in 1968, the film reunites Coppola with Godfather star James Caan, who plays a disillusioned army sergeant stationed at Fort Meyers Arlington Cemetery and views the war in Vietnam as unwinnable, despairing at the dead arriving daily for burial from the front lines.

This powerful drama from one of American cinema's most audacious filmmakers boasts a towering performance by Caan, and a superb supporting cast, including Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, Mary Stuart Masterson and DB Sweeney.

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Theatrical Release: April 24th, 1987 (Washington, D.C.) (premiere)

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:51:51.329        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,137,386,999 bytes

Feature: 33,230,683,968 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Interview:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,137,386,999 bytes

Feature: 33,230,683,968 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.02 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with filmmaker and critic Jim Hemphill
Interview with Francis Ford Coppola (2018): an all-new interview with the multi award-winning director as he talks candidly about the production of Gardens of Stone (16:15)
Guardian Interview with Anjelica Huston
Theatrical trailer (2:39)
Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, historic articles, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited Edition of 3,000 copies


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 21st, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case inside cardboard sleeve

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

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

Indicator have brought Coppola's Gardens of Stone to a new, stacked, Blu-ray package. It's on a dual-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with a max'ed out bitrate. It can look consistent and strong with pleasing detail in close-ups. It is in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and looks clean in-motion with a small amont of depth and impressive textures. 

The film is presented in its original 2.0 stereo, with a 24-bit linear PCM track. There are effects in the ceremonial formations but its is not a 'war' film in terms of action and massive depth is not evident.  The score is by
Carmine Coppola (The Black Stallion, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part III, The Outsiders) and sounds very effective in the uncompressed rendering rising and falling with the drama. The audio quality is excellent and dialogue is clear and audible. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles on this Region FREE Blu-ray.

Indicator include an audio commentary with filmmaker and critic Jim Hemphill who really hones in on Copolla's style and directorial decisions. I found it educational and worth the listen. There is also a new 16-minute interview with Francis Ford Coppola (2018) where he talks candidly about the production of Gardens of Stone. Always fascinating. Wile the film runs you can listen to an audio-only National Film Theatre Guardian interview with Anjelica Huston, It runs about one hour and 5-minuets and she takes questions from the audience. She is a versatile actress probably overshadowed by her 'name', imo. There is also a theatrical trailer and an image gallery of on-set and promotional photography plus the package has a limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Neil Sinyard, an overview of contemporary critical responses, historic articles, and film credits.

Gardens of Stone is a excellent film showcasing the brilliant skills of the filmmaker. The commentary really enhances appreciation and it's filled with excellent performances.  The
Blu-ray transfer is a beauty looking film-like and sounding pristine. Indicator have done it again with another fabulous package. Gardens of Stone seems forgotten in the cinephile conversation and deserves the exposure that the Blu-ray will give it. Great choice!

Gary Tooze

 


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