S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Arrete Ton Cinema
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 37,357,058,135 bytes
Feature Size: 25,528,725,504 bytes
Video Bitrate: 32.63 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 22nd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4125 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4125 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
•Still Life/ Nature Morte (28:59)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:30)
• Liner Notes booklet with essay by Cyril Neyrat
Description: One of the most highly anticipated films of the year, from the directors of Sweetgrass and Foreign Parts, LEVIATHAN is a thrilling, immersive documentary that takes you deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast–the very waters that once inspired Moby Dick– the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail. Employing an arsenal of cameras that pass freely from film crew to ship crew, and swoop from below sea level to astonishing bird’s-eye views, LEVIATHAN is unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral, cinematic experience.
After the much-laureled nonfiction feature "Sweetgrass," British-born helmer Lucien Castaing-Taylor makes a sure-to-be-talked-about follow-up with the semi-experimental sea-fishing docu "Leviathan." Together with French co-helmer Verena Paravel, Castaing-Taylor lets loose his agile cameras in and around a fishing trawler off the coast of New Bedford, Mass., presenting the images -- which bring to mind everything from dark impressionist paintings to the work of Philippe Grandrieux -- without any context or commentary.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
“Leviathan,” a product of the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard,
offers not information but immersion: 90 minutes of wind, water,
grinding machinery and piscine agony. The experience is often unnerving
and sometimes nauseating, because of the motions of the juddering,
swaying hand-held camera and also because of the distended eyes, gasping
mouths and mutilated flesh of the catch.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Leviathan comes to Blu-ray from Cinema Guild. As you can guess - this is not your average film! More artistic than documentary. It is an experience you get the most out of by simply allowing it to wash over you. It touches on avant-garde with its unique colors and unusual camera ministrations. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate. Contrast, and colors, are frequently crushed - saturated to produce a rich, purposeful, psychedelic effect. A lot of the film is dark - shot at night or beneath lit areas. This Blu-ray image is excellent producing depth even with droplets of water covering the lens. I was amazed with the breadth of the image but this film is not targeted to all audiences. I can't imagine many who open-up to it not appreciating the presentation.
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While there is no 'score' the audio, a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 4125 kbps, is a large part of the film experience. We hear the numbing repetition of the ship's engines and a mixture of white noise and hypnotically pulsating fishing-boat rhythms. The audio is impacting with heavy, head-pounding, bass and bubbling, crashing water juxtaposes the poetic beauty of the colorful images. There is no real dialogue and, hence, no subtitles.My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Extras include Still Life / Nature Morte - which essentially looks like about a 1/2 hour continuous take in the galley of the ship? or at least the common area 'below' where sailors take a break (it is in 1080P). There is a theatrical trailer and the package has some liner notes with a translated essay (from French) by Cyril Neyrat entitled "Blood of the Fish, Beauty of the Monster".
October 25th, 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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