S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Steven Knight, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: IM Global
Video: Lions Gate
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,851,761,018 bytes
Feature Size: 19,568,431,104 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.47 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: August 12th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 2.4:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3309 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3309 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / Dolby Surround
English, English (SDH), Spanish, None
• Commentary by director Steven Knight
• Ordinary Unraveling: Making Locke (9:37)
Description: Written and directed by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things), Locke tells the adrenaline-fueled story of one man's frantic race against time. Tom Hardy and Tom Holland star in a film produced by Paul Webster and Guy Heeley.
Ivan Locke (Hardy) is on the brink of the biggest job of his building career. Putting his entire career at risk, Ivan gets into his car and drives across the country, making a series of phone calls that mean his life will be transformed once he reaches his destination.
Hardy is Ivan, a construction worker (also unaccountably
and a little distractingly Welsh), who leaves a building
site the night before a huge project as a valued worker
and beloved family man. He then locks himself in his car
and drives through the night, during which time his
career, wife and two sons will gradually slip away from
him. Or rather he will gradually push them away as he
unburdens his conscience over a series of phone calls
and heads toward the biggest mistake of his life.
A truism about cinema and television, two tributaries that increasingly flow into one image stream, is that together they have turned the human face into our favorite destination spot. The ubiquity of close-ups, particularly in broadcast television, with its parade of bobbling heads and babbling mouths, could have drained movie faces of their power. Yet we can’t seem to get enough of other people’s faces, whether they’re as frozen as masks or changeable as churning water. We trace stories across these familiar landscapes, becoming geographers of emotion.Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The visuals of Locke are deceptively important to the viewing experience. The lighting, close-ups, angles, distortions (not dissimilar to Sokurov's Mother and Son) are intentionally positioned and assist in drawing you into narrative. It would be a mistake to judge the film's desirability based on these few screen captures. The Lions Gate to Blu-ray does its job. This is single-layered with a reasonable bitrate and supports the film's style very adeptly. There is no noise, colors seem accurate and contrast very capable of exporting the lighting flares - as would be DoP Haris Zambarloukos' precise intentions.
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The film has no music, no score. It is transferred via a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 3309 kbps. There are a few instances of notable depth and separation. But despite the film's lack of effects or music accompaniment - the lossless track has immense control - fulfilling any need when required. There is a vérité element to the car cabin space's dialogue - and the track helps achieve this without being excessively scattered. There are optional subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Lions Gate include a commentary by director Steven Knight who reveals some of the challenges of filming inside the confines of the car and other production details. He is very easy to listen to - enjoyable and informative. There is also a 10-minute, standard, featurette entitled Ordinary Unraveling: Making Locke with sound bytes from many of the filmmakers and Tom Hardy. There are also preview trailers and the BD disc is bookmarkable.
August 4th, 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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