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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

( aka 'The Wind Will Carry Us' or 'Bad ma ra khahad bord' )

directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Iran 1999

"In Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us, a quotation from the Iranian poet Forough Farroukhzad, catches the viewer unawares with its meditative beauty, like an enigmatic lyric with a repetitive, incantatory stanza form. And these are qualities which, far from being difficult or alienating, are refined and clarified by the unaffected directness of Kiarostami's cast, professional and non-professional, from whom he elicits sublimely natural performances. From first to last, the impression is of utter confidence and mastery."

Peter Bradshaw, excerpt from his review in the guardian, HERE


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Reviews                                                  More Reviews                                                      Rosenbaum's Review                                    An Interview with Kiarostami

Comparison:

MK2  Region 2- PAL vs. New Yorker Region 1 - NTSC vs. Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

1) MK2 Region 2- PAL LEFT

2) New Yorker - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Cohen- Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution MK2 Editions (EDV 1264)  New Yorker Video Cohen - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:53:28 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:53:16 ( No adjustment for PAL speedup ) 1:58:36.150
Video 1.85:1 Anamorphic / Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.1 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.85:1 Anamorphic / Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,479,131,353 bytes

Feature: 29,980,647,744 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 28.03 Mbps

 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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 M2K's "The Wind Will Carry Us"

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New Yorker's 'The Wind Will Carry Us'

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Cohen Blu-ray

Audio Farsi (Dolby Digital 1.0 - Mono)   Farsi (Dolby Digital 1.0 - Mono)   LPCM Audio Persian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary: LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles (White) English, French, None (White) English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MK2 Editions

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 2
Available Audio Tracks: Farsi (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Available subtitles: English, French, None.

Edition Details:
• Disc 1 contains the film, chapters selections and choice of subtitles
• Disc 2 contains:
• A Week in the Life of Kiarostami (7 Chapters representing 7 days - 1:29:51) 
• A Lesson in Cinema (5 Chapters - 51:07)
• Non-anamorphic widescreen Trailer with burned in subs (1:34)
• M2K Advertisement Featurette - (11:21)
• Number of discs: 2

NOTE:DVD Menus
are in French but the extras do have English subtitles!

DVD Release Date:  September 18th, 2002
Package Type: Three tier snap case in sliding in box.
Chapters: 30

Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 1
Available Audio Tracks: Farsi (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Available subtitles: English, None.

Edition Details:
• Non-anamorphic widescreen Trailer with burned in subs (1:34)

DVD Release Date:  September 17th, 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 20

 

Release Information:
Studio:
Cohen Media

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 46,479,131,353 bytes

Feature: 29,980,647,744 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 28.03 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
 Commentary by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa
The Poetry of Cinema: Abbas Kiarostami in conversation with Richard Pena (2014)  (1:29:10)
• 2014 Theatrical Release trailer (2:03)
12-page liner notes booklet with photos, credits and essay by Peter Tonguette


Blu-ray Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Transparent
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (May 2014): I'm so pleased to have this new edition - a masterpiece - looking sweet in 1080P and with the bonus of the Jonathan Rosenbaum / Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa commentary.

 

Firstly, the image - colors do take a dramatic shift - and tend to look far more authentic. The SD transfers (from the same D1 source - NY'er didn't even convert from PAL) look boosted beside the Blu-ray, especially the US, which is darker but detail rises substantially and there is more information in the frame. Colors are not enhanced, can look muted beside the DVDs, but seem far more realistic. There is depth and no noise or artifacts - it looks, as I suspect, it should with excellent shades of contrast - lit scenes moving into shaded ones (Kiarostami is not big on, unnatural, lighting). The 2-hour film is put to a dual-layered disc with a strong bitrate. It looked magnificent on my system - especially the luscious landscape sequences.

 

The use of audio in the film is quite subtle and, importantly, transferred to a linear PCM stereo at 2304 kbps in original Farsi (and some Kurdish as Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa points out to us in the commentary.) The film is filled with sounds - often hushed or in the background and there is a sparse use of a score composed by Peyman Yazdanian (his first film composition).  NOTE: the English subtitles are removable with the remote - not as a menu option and the Blu-ray disc is region 'A'-locked.

 

The supplements are a big part of this package - adding substantial value. We get a commentary by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa. Jonathan remarks that this is his favorite Kiarostami film - making it, to him, one of the greatest films of all time. He remarks about The Wind Will Carry Us being about death (like many Kiarostami films) and how it is actually a comedy - though few think of it that way. The pair add some good discussion with Mehrnaz challenging and bringing out relevant information about themes and cultural details. Also included is a video piece entitled The Poetry of Cinema: Abbas Kiarostami in conversation with Richard Pena. It took place in 2014 at Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington and runs almost 1.5 hours with an interpreter there for Kiarostami. There is also a 2014 Theatrical Release trailer and the package has a 12-page liner notes booklet with photos, credits and essay by Peter Tonguette.

 

One of the best releases of the year, in my opinion. I loved seeing this film after many years - in HD and indulging in the great extras. This Blu-ray has our highest recommendation!

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ON THE DVDs: The MK2 DVD is far superior in most every option. The New Yorker has poorer color separation and is overly contrasted at times. Skin tones are better in the MK2 disc. The picture is hazier at times on the New Yorker and of course the marvelous M2K extras on disc 2 are the biggest selling feature. Many of us were concerned whether they would have English sub-titles and I can categorically state, 'they do'. I won't say the New Yorker disc is flawed, but it is obvious that the MK2 is the best. Since the MK2 is so well done, in comparison it makes the New Yorker look weaker. Usually there is compensation for the 4% PAL speed-up, but it doesn't seem to have been corrected here. The New Yorker is more reasonably priced and a good purchase for R1'ers. I would recommend this film in either format, but if money is not object and you want the extensive extras, go for the R2. If you don't have a Region-free machine you have no excuse not to buy this DVD. The film is a masterpiece. Bravo to New Yorker for bringing it to North America.

- Gary W. Tooze




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2) New Yorker - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Cohen- Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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2) New Yorker - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Cohen- Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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2) New Yorker - Region 1- NTSC MIDDLE

3) Cohen- Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


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Distribution MK2 Editions (EDV 1264)  New Yorker Video Cohen - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 



 

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