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Goodbye World [Blu-ray]
(Denis Hennelly, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Gather Films
Video: Phase Four Films
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,776,109,795 bytes
Feature Size: 17,892,980,736 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.97 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 3rd, 2014
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
/ DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
• Commentarywith director and co-writer Denis Hennelly and co-writer and producer Sarah Adina Smith and producer Matthew G. Zamias
• World Premiere Q+A at the Los Angeles Film Festival (7:26)
Description: When a mysterious cyber-attack cripples civilization, James and his old college friends retreat to a remote country home, where they must cope with an uncertain future while defending themselves against desperate outsiders who will do anything to survive.
A major cyber-attack cripples the U.S, prompting estranged friends to gather at an off-the-grid home in an attempt to escape rising social unrest in this apocalyptic thriller. Years ago, James (Adrian Grenier) sensed that society was on the verge of collapse. In a bid to be proactive, he moved his family, including his wife Lily (Kerry Bishe) and their young daughter, to a secluded Northern California home. There, thanks to solar panels that power their home and fertile gardens to provide sustenance, James and his family learn to become self sufficient. Then one day, seemingly out of nowhere, a viral text message with the subject "Goodbye World" attacks utility services, plunging the entire country into darkness. When James' old college friends turn up on his doorstep, he welcomes them with open arms. But it isn't long before their comfortable sense of community begins to grow sour, and with martial law declared, a new rule of law pushes tensions to the breaking point.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Blame it on the Mayans, maybe, but 2012 and 2013 have seen a host of films with apocalypse on the brain, from big budget action flicks to meta-comedies like “This Is The End,” to smaller, more realistic dramedies like “It’s A Disaster." Director Denis Henry Hennelly’s “Goodbye World” falls more in line with the latter, situating a group of seven college friends in a Northern California cabin in the wake of a cyber attack. While it has its funny moments, it’s definitely not a comedy, but it seeks to acknowledge the weird ways in which people react to times of crisis, especially amongst this particular group, with their complicated personal histories. Will they implode from their own internal strife or outside threats?Excerpt from The Playlist located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Goodbye World looks quite good on Blu-ray from Phase Four Films. This is only single-layered with a low-ish bitrate but is thoughtfully shot and the 1080P brings out the country-side colors effectively. It may be a shade less crisp, and contrast not at premium levels that dual-layering might have corrected. Skin tones seem true - and there is no noise. I saw some depth and detail in close-ups was acceptable, if not stellar. This Blu-ray doesn't have any major flaws but also doesn't excel dramatically. If gives a reasonable HD presentation.
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Unfortunately, a lossy audio track - a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 surround that isn't overly challenged by the film which has less-aggressive action and more dialogue-driven scenes. There isn't much to separate but the track seems to support most of the film with consistency. There is a score by Eric D. Johnson that I didn't find impacting. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked disc.
Included is a commentary with director and co-writer Denis Hennelly and co-writer and producer Sarah Adina Smith and producer Matthew G. Zamias. It starts out quite light and fun but some more production-specific topics are covered. They tend not to take it too seriously. I probably appreciated when Adina Smith called her father for his opinion on the film. There is also a 7.5 minute World Premiere Q+A at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
May 20th, 2014
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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