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Night Moves [Blu-ray]


(Kelly Reichardt, 2013)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Maybach Film Productions

Video: New Video Group



Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:52:36.791

Disc Size: 23,121,951,472 bytes

Feature Size: 22,576,527,360 bytes

Video Bitrate: 21.99 Mbps

Chapters: 13

Case: Transparent Blu-ray case

Release date: September 2nd, 2014



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3298 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3298 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



English (SDH), none



• Trailer (2:20)





Description: Kelly Reichardt's suspense-thriller NIGHT MOVES is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam. Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing) is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena (Dakota Fanning, The Twilight Saga) is a high-society dropout who s moved west and cut ties with her family, edging ever deeper into radical politics. And Josh (Jesse Eisenberg, Social Network), their leader, is a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the earth by any means necessary. As the three plan, carry out and then witness the fallout of their attention-grabbing act of sabotage, they find their own personal limits tested on a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences.



The Film:

Kelly Reichardt's drama Night Moves stars Jessie Eisenberg as Josh a young man who is immersing himself in the concept of eco-terrorism. Along with Dena (Dakota Fanning) and an older man named Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard), Josh hatches a plan to blow-up a dam in order to strike back at the capitalist forces that he believes are ruining the land. After their efforts end up triggering some unexpected results, Josh begins to worry that he can't trust his co-horts to keep quiet, and worries that he may soon be confronted by the authorities.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

A truly great director is capable of putting their signature stamp on films that tackle a wide variety of subjects. By that measure, Kelly Reichardt (Wendy & Lucy,” “Meek’s Cutoff,” “Old Joy”) belongs alongside such auteurs as Werner Herzog, Spike Jonze, Richard Linklater and Joe Swanberg with her captivating minimalist dramas. Her latest, “Night Moves,” is among her best. It tells a tale of crime and punishment for 3 Oregon-based eco-terrorists, played with comparable intensity by Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg. We are given very little back story regarding who these people are and what brought them together, but Reichardt trusts both her actors and her audience to fill in the blanks through sparse, loaded dialog and long, silent close-ups. It’s not just smart filmmaking; it’s visual poetry.

Excerpt from Film Threat located HERE

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

Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves looks very impressive on Blu-ray.  Right from the first outdoor scene at the dam we are treated to an exceptional image quality.  This is only single-layered with a modest bitrate but Christopher Blauvelt's cinematography looks dynamic and crisp via the 1080P transfer. The film is fairly dark but I saw no digital noise or artifacts of any kind. There seems little-to-no artificial lighting and detail is very pleasing showcasing plenty of depth. This is 1.78:1 and the visuals are, predictably, clean, providing a wholesome, pristine video quality. I was surprised at how good this looked.

















Audio :

There aren't many aggressive effects and the original music by Jeff Grace is sparsely utilized but handled easily by the DTS-HD 5.1 surround at a healthy 3298 kbps. Separations exist but are rare and subtle. In fact, there is more in the silent pauses than the audio stream. Nonetheless details sound crisp enough with gentle range and depth. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE and there is a region 'B' Blu-ray to be released early next year.


Extras :

Nothing but a trailer. I'd have loved something from the director, but alas - we are left wanting.



Wow. More 'pure cinema' from Reichardt. Just like Meek’s Cutoff I never wanted this to end - and re-watched it as soon as it was over. She seems so adept with her character's rhythms or perhaps it's more about timing of 'life rhythms'. She divulges almost nothing about the plot - respecting the audience enough to reach their own conclusions. How different from Hollywood. This is a total masterpiece, IMO. The bare-bones Blu-ray has a ton of value in the film alone. For those who appreciated her other works - this is a must-see. 

Gary Tooze

September 2nd, 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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