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Boiler Room [Blu-ray]
(Ben Younger, 2000)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: New Line Cinema
Video: New Line Video
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,834,401,552 bytes
Feature Size: 21,889,075,200 bytes
Video Bitrate: 16.94 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 4th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 5295 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 5295 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
/ DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), Portuguese, Spanish, none
• Commentary by Ben Younger, Jennifer Todd, Giovanni Ribisi and Angel
• 5 Deleted Scenes including 'Original Ending' (8:35)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:22)
Description: In this drama that explores greed and corruption in American business, Giovanni Ribisi plays Seth Davis, an intelligent and ambitious college dropout who runs a casino in his apartment. Eager to show his father that he can succeed, Seth lands a job with a small stock brokerage firm. He is given a space in the company's "boiler room," where he makes cold calls to prospective clients. As it turns out, Seth has a genuine talent for cold calling, which gains him the approval of his superiors, the admiration of his father, and the attentions of one of his co-workers, Abby Hilliard (Nia Long). However, the higher up the ladder Seth rises, the deeper he sinks into a quagmire of dirty dealings, until he's breaking the law in order to keep his bosses happy and his paychecks coming. The Boiler Room also features Tom Everett Scott, Scott Caan, Jamie Kennedy, Nicky Katt, and Ben Affleck in a cameo as the headhunter who brings Seth into the firm. Ribisi and Scott also appeared together in That Thing You Do; Ribisi was the drummer replaced by Scott, who then led The One-Ders to fictional pop stardom.
This beady-eyed morality play is set in the hothouse environment of an illicit share-ramping operation, which 19-year-old numbers whizz Seth Davis (Ribisi) takes to the NY stockbroking firm JT Marlin after his father, a stern judge, shuts down his home gambling den. JT Marlin is a quicksilver enterprise founded on the get-rich-quick dreams of its customers and recruits alike. Everyone can become a millionaire here, Affleck's recruiting officer tells the new intake, 'the only question is how many times over.' Of course, other questions arise: Seth's secret affair with his boss's ex, company secretary Abbie (Long); his dad's continuing stern attentions; the customers fleeced of their life savings; and the attentions of the FBI. Not all of this works - the Oedipal angst of Seth's relationship with his dad is unnecessary and close to unbearable - but enough's credible and thought through to mark the film as a praiseworthy and auspicious achievement for first time writer/director Younger. Turns of dialogue ring compellingly true, and the well chosen cast (especially Ribisi) carry the inflections of the drama with some style.Excerpt from Timeout located HERE
About a third of the way into ''Boiler Room,'' Seth Davis
(Giovanni Ribisi), a young stockbroker-in-training at a fly-by-night
company called J. T. Marlin, drops by a co-worker's house for an evening
of pizza and beer.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Boiler Room arrives on Blu-ray from New Line. The 1.78:1 image quality shows some improved detail over the past SD version. My only complaint would be that it has a minor blue-leaning - more noticeable in the mid-portion of the film. This is only single-layered with a low bitrate. Could it look more dynamic? probably but accepting the less robust transfer - I don't have too many complaints. It can tend to look a bit glossy/waxy but not enough to whine. Skin tones seem realistic - contrast exhibits decent black levels. This Blu-ray has a consistency in terms of exporting the visuals. The transfer won't win any awards but it made for a solid presentation on my system with hints at compression artifacts - projected this will, obviously, be more noticeable.
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Gangbusters audio with a DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a whopping 5295 kbps. This comes alive almost solely for the music as the film is fairly dialogue-driven without abundant aggressive effects. The Angel's score sounds wonderfully rich and deep and we get riffs from the film Wall Street and 50 Cent's That Ain't Gangsta as well as other modern music suitable to the activity of the aggressive young men onscreen. There are optional DUBs and subtitles ad my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Supplements are duplicated from the past SD release with a full commentary by director Ben Younger, producer Jennifer Todd, Giovanni Ribisi and composer 'The Angel'. I believe that Younger and Todd were recorded together with the other two recorded separately and edited in. I thought it was revealing - especially both Younger and 'The Angel's' comments. There are also 5 Deleted Scenes including 'Original Ending' running 8.5 minutes (one sexually graphic - most aptly removed) and a theatrical trailer.
February 24th, 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.
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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