S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Craig Lahiff, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Duo Art Productions
Video: Cohen Media Group
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 21,898,999,323 bytes
Feature Size: 19,376,449,536 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.80 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: March 18th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1878 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1878 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
English (SDH), none
• Interview with Jason Clarke (Frank) (3:38)
• Interview with Travis McMahon (Charlie) (1:43)
• Interview with Robert Mammone (Logan) (1:30)
• Interview with Sean Lahiff (editor) (2:18)
• Original Trailer (1:45)
Description: A man on a cross-country road trip stumbles upon a briefcase full of cash and an enigmatic beauty at the scene of a horrible car accident, and finds himself drawn into a deadly plot after turning the money over to the local police. Colin was taking a shortcut down a lonely road when he spotted a fatal car crash. Upon investigating, he finds that a woman named Jina is the sole survivor. Amidst the wreckage, Colin discovers a briefcase that's overflowing with cold, hard cash. An honest man, he quickly hands it over to the local authorities. But this is just the beginning of a nightmare in which no one can be trusted, and now the harder Colin tries to flee this mysterious small town, the deeper he falls into its deadly grip. Jason Clarke, David Lyons, Emma Booth, and Travis McMahon star.
Driving cross-country to a job interview Colin opts for a shortcut and happens across a fatal car accident. One of the drivers the intriguing Jina is shaken but not hurt while the other lies dead - leaving a suitcase full of money without an owner. Colin resists temptation and hands it into the local cop wanting to get on his way. But what initially seemed to be a good deed prompts a series of strange events to unfold where nothing is quite what it seems*and Colin quickly finds it hard to leave town.
With its ill-gotten loot, femme fatale and ends-of-the-earth locales, "Swerve"
looks at first like a promising genre entry from Down Under, where the
bar is set high. It might be the country's physical isolation or its
penal-colony legacy, but a number of exceptionally robust thrillers have
come out of Australia over the years, among them "Animal Kingdom," "The
Square" and 1971's "Wake in Fright" (rereleased in 2012).
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Swerve having seen Blu-ray releases in Europe - comes to North American through Cohen Media. This is only single-layered with a reasonable bitrate. It is clean and bright in the 1080P. There were a few instances of noise that dual-layering could have, possibly, removed. Contrast is strong but the image has nothing that can make you swoon - excepting some interesting, and pleasing, desert sequences. This Blu-ray video is not particularity remarkable - but it did provide a consistent presentation - a few steps beyond SD.
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Audio comes in a decent DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 1878 kbps. There is definitely some aggressive effects that come through with depth - but nothing remarkably earth shaking. The subtle score by Paul Grabowsky runs alongside the film effectively and it sounds receptively tight via the lossless.. There is also a simple Dolby surround effort as an option. There are optional English subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'.
Not much in the way of extras - brief interviews with actors Jason Clarke, Travis McMahon, Robert Mammone and editor Sean Lahiff running, in total, less than 10-minutes worth. There is also a trailer and liner leaflet. On a modest production like this it would have been nice to hear a director commentary - or, at least, more in-depth interviews.
March 7th, 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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Gary W. Tooze
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