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(aka "Alpeis" )

 

directed by Giorgos Lanthimos
Greece 2011

 

ALPS is Giorgos Lanthimos' fourth film but might be considered his sophomore effort in terms of international attention (if one discounts ATTENBERG, which he produced and acted in), and fans expecting more along the lines of DOGTOOTH will be disappointed. A group of people - who perform as substitutes for the recently deceased for their bereaved love ones christen themselves "Alps" because: 1) the name in no way reveals the purpose of their organization, and 2) no mountain can substitute for the Alps, but the Alps can replace any other mountain. Their numbers include their fierce leader (Aris Servetalis, SMALL CRIME), a stern gymnastics coach (Johnny Vekris), his emotionally-frail student (Ariane Labed), and a nurse (DOGTOOTH's Aggeliki Papoulia). The group of four provide comfort but also escape into their roles: the coach like his relationship as the substitute husband of a blind woman, the nurse feels stifled by her awkward relationship with her widowed father, while the gymnast seeks approval with parental figures other than her coach (finally swiping a role from the nurse that gave her the best opportunity to escape into something like a normal life, even at the cost of disappointing the bereaved parents she is supposed to be comforting with her substitute presence). Lanthimos reigns in the kink and parses out the abrupt violence as well as the bizarre pop culture references (while Papoulia hand done a FLASHDANCE homage in DOGTOOTH, here Servetalis strikes an amusing Bruce Lee ENTER THE DRAGON pose, and Labed tries to do Prince only to be told he isn't dead). Not impenetrable, but also not as straightforward as DOGTOOTH.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 27 October 2011 (Greece)

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DVD Comparison:

Kino Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

(Kino Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Kino Lorber

Region 0 - NTSC

Artificial Eye
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:33:44 1:29:45 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.3 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.45 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate:

 

Kino Lorber

 

Bitrate:

 

Artificial Eye

 

Audio Greek Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Greek Dolby Digital 5.1; Greek Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Subtitles English (burnt-in) English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Kino Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 0:59)
• Teaser Trailer (16:9; 0:41)
• Trailers for DOGTOOTH, HEADSHOT, and THE FAIRY
• About Kino Lorber

DVD Release Date: 4 December 2012
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:07)

 

DVD Release Date: 11 March 2013
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Artificial Eye's DVD is single-layer like the Kino Lorber, however it bests the US release by the inclusion of the film's original 5.1 track (Kino Lorber only as a stereo track) and optional subtitles rather than the domestic edition's burnt-in ones. Extras (or lack thereof) are more or less the same. Kino Lorber is serviceable, but Artificial Eye is recommended here.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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(Kino Lorber - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Artificial Eye

Sound:

Artificial Eye

Extras: Draw
Menu: Draw

 
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Distribution

Kino Lorber

Region 0 - NTSC

Artificial Eye
Region 2 - PAL

 




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