S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Denis Villeneuve, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Warner Studios
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,490,472,583 bytes
Feature Size: 29,908,961,280 bytes
Video Bitrate: 19.86 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 17th, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3332 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3332 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
/ DN -4dB
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
• Behind the Scenes - Prisoners: Every Moment Matters (3:05)
• Behind the Scenes - Prisoners: Powerful Performances (9:24)
•DVD with UltraViolet code
Description: A small-town carpenter turns vigilante in order to rescue his abducted daughter and her best friend in this thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Six-year-old Anna and her friend Joy have vanished on Thanksgiving without a trace. Devastated, Anna's father Keller Jackman makes note of a run-down RV that had been parked on their street at the exact time the girls went missing. When the driver, Alex Jones Paul Dano is swiftly arrested by Detective Loki Gyllenhaal, it starts to look like the lead will pay off. Alex, however, is quickly released due to lack of evidence, sending Keller into a frenzy as he realizes that if Anna isn't found soon, odds are she never will be. Knowing that time is not on his side, and ignoring Detective Loki's pleas to leave the case to the pros, Keller risks sacrificing his own freedom in a bid to locate the girls before it's too late. Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis co-star.
No one is likely to miss echoes of the “enhanced interrogation”
justifications used by the Bush administration to defend the torture of
prisoners. But screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski has upped the ugly ante in
the ethical conundrum: First, would you torture a suspect if it meant
saving your child? And second, would you torture a suspect who is
himself, in a sense, a child?
Barring a truly phenomenal fourth quarter, it's hard to imagine
Prisoners not being one of the titles among the Best Picture
nominees. As mystery/thrillers go, this one falls into the "prestige"
area. The screenplay is smart, the execution is impeccable, and the
holes are few and far between. Best of all, it lacks the cookie-cutter
element that infects too many of these movies. Although I figured out
the puzzle before its explicit reveal, I didn't put the final piece into
place until shortly before that moment. It's rare that a movie keeps me
guessing that long.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Prisoners looks sweet on Blu-ray from Warner. The 1080P resolution deftly supports Roger Deakins' wonderful, voyeuristic, cinematography. This is dual-layered for the, over 2.5 hour film. Prisoners is a dark film - frequently shot at dusk in rainy locales. When splashes of color do hit the screen - they are bright and intense. Detail and contrast are at a very high level. This Blu-ray looks like it is a strong replication of the theatrical appearance. This is transferred in 1.78:1 and exhibits frequently depth - especially in the day-lit sequences - and there is no visible noise.
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It's a great audio track - a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at a healthy 3332 kbps. It packs a punch with some snappy effects and moody score composed by Jˇhann Jˇhannsson. It exports both range in some subtleties (plenty of rain) and some rich, atmospheric depth. There are two foreign-language DUBs in Dolby, optimal subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The supplements offer only 2, shortish, generic video extras. Prisoners - Every Moment Matters runs 3 minutes and has Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal exploring the tense relationship between Keller and Loki. Prisoners - Powerful Performances is 9.5 minutes and has snippets from the strong cast and director. The package also contains a DVD with UltraViolet code for digital download.
May 16th, 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.
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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