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Take Shelter [Blu-ray]
(Jeff Nichols , 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Hydraulx Entertainment
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 38,422,820,716 bytes
Feature Size: 30,127,067,136 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.93 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 14th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3266 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3266 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none
• Commentary byJeff Nichols and Michael Shannon
• Behind the Scenes of Taking Shelter (10:34)
• Q + A with Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham (19:50)
• 2 Deleted Scenes (5:57)
• Trailer (2:11)
Description: When Curtis (Michael Shannon) begins having nightmares of an encroaching, apocalyptic storm, he refrains from telling his wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain). To protect her and their six-year-old deaf daughter Hannah, Curtis starts focusing his anxiety and money into the obsessive building of a storm shelter. While Hannah's healthcare and special needs education has resulted in financial struggle, Curtis' seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns Samantha and provokes intolerance among co-workers, friends and neighbors. However, the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within the community doesn't compare to Curtis' private fear of what his disturbing dreams may truly signify.
An Ohio family man experiences a series of disturbing visions that gradually begin to weigh on his marriage and community when he begins obsessively constructing a heavily fortified storm shelter. Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) has a good life. He lives in a beautiful house with his loving wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain), and their deaf six-year-old daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart), but begins to sense that something ominous is on the horizon when the dark clouds of swelling storms begin invading his dreams. Taciturn, Curtis refuses to discuss the dreams with anyone, but feels compelled to dig out a massive storm shelter with the help of a good friend (Shea Whigham). Meanwhile, as Samantha grows increasingly concerned with Curtis' erratic behavior, the local rumor mill begins to churn. Are Curtis' dreams a prophetic omen of things to come, or is he perhaps headed down the same dark road as his mother, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when she was approximately the same age that he is now.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
'Take Shelter’ is not simply the story of one man’s journey to
the edge, but a state-of-the-nation address detailing exactly where
America (and, by extension, the world) is headed if we all fail to look
up and see the clouds gathering. And although the film may stand or fall
on the strength of its big moments – Shannon’s bombastic, bracing
performance, a fistful of beautifully terrifying, ‘Inception’-like
dreamscape set-pieces – writer-director Nichols is as concerned with the
minute, everyday pressures of modern life – economic responsibility,
interpersonal relationships, religious guilt, masculine pride – as with
a disease-of-the-week portrayal of mental illness.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Take Shelter looks beautiful on Blu-ray from Sony. Even the CGI scenes (I only knew about from the commentary) adds more awe-inspiring 'scapes' to the film. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate for the 2-hour film. There isn't a pixel out of place and there is no manipulation in the transfer. Colors seem far truer and tighter than SD could relate and there are frequent examples of depth. Contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels and detail, in the few close-ups is impressive. Much of the film is shot in daylight and these sequences are the most impressive. Nothing is overly dark and there isn't a hint of noise. This Blu-ray provides one of the finest presentation I've seen in a long while. Absolutely pristine.
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The DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a whopping 3266 kbps runs beside the narrative as brilliantly as the video portion. Dynamic effects are limited to the weather (often in dream sequences) but less-aggressive audio finds its way to the rear speakers with an occasional surprise. The score is by David Wingo (David Gordon Green's brilliant George Washington, among his credits) and he seems to do a lot with very little supporting the film with a fantastic metaphysical quality. The lossless rendering scores very highly here and there are optional subtitles while myOppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc - although it is available in Europe.
Great extras as we get a commentary by director/writer Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon who discuss the production detailing, which scenes are CGI, time and money and they, thankfully, never 'explain' the more interpretational sequences of the film. As I enjoyed Taking Shelter so much I was also keen on the commentary. Behind the Scenes of Taking Shelter runs about 10-minutes and has director Nichols and Jessica Chastain giving sound bytes about the production - very positive and worthwhile. There is a 20-minute Q + A with actors Michael Shannon and Shea Whigham (Curtis' friend 'Dewart' in the film). There are two deleted scenes - about 6-minutes in total. I appreciated the first with Curtis have a frank discussion with the counselor probing him with more difficult 'Why' questions. Lastly, there is a trailer.
May 19th, 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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