|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
(Barry Levinson, 1982)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Video: Warner Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 25,810,139,013 bytes
Feature Size: 23,562,350,592 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.64 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 3rd, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1092 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1092 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
/ DN -4dB
English (SDH), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, none
•Introduction by Barry Levinson (1:14)
• Diner: On the Flip Side (30:34)
•Theatrical Trailer (2:17)
Description: Fries with gravy, a cherry cola. Friendship, bragging rights...and does Sinatra or Mathis croon the best makeout music? Before there was the counterculture of the '60s, there was the counter culture. From his Oscar-nominated script, Barry Levinson makes his directing debut with this endearing study of pals in transition. Film-debuting Ellen Barkin plays a neglected wife. Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Timothy Daly and Paul Reiser - chosen from over 600 hopefuls - play the up-all-night buddies who work out the remnants of adolescence during ritual grazings at a busy steel-and-vinyl hangout in 1959 Baltimore. Stars, laughs, interlocking stories: entertainment is the daily special in Diner.
Writer-director Barry Levinson's autobiographical first feature fondly remembers his Baltimore youth. It's late 1959, and six guys in their early twenties are stumbling into adulthood, alternating responsibility with carefree time at their local diner. The story centers on the return from college of Billy (Tim Daly) to serve as best man at the wedding of his pal Eddie (Steve Guttenberg). Billy is consumed by a confusing relationship with a close female friend, while Eddie still lives at home, preparing a football trivia test for his fiancée and vowing to cancel the wedding if she fails. Other characters woven into the narrative include Boogie (Mickey Rourke), a womanizer with a gambling problem, and Shrevie (Daniel Stern), a music addict with a troubled marriage. Diner became known for its bittersweet comic screenplay and its remarkable cast, which also included Paul Reiser, Kevin Bacon, and Ellen Barkin. In order to capture the loose, laid-back dialogue of the diner scenes, Levinson directed them last, so that the actors would be more comfortable with each other. Diner was the first part of Levinson's "Baltimore Trilogy," followed by Tin Men (1987) and Avalon (1990).Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Directing from his own script, Levinson revels in detailed observation in this rites-of-passage movie about a college student returning home to Baltimore for the Christmas holidays in 1959, and picking up with the old gang as they try to fend off adulthood and marriage by hanging out at the local diner and talking about football, women, cars and rock'n'roll (Stern is particularly fine as the R&B buff, memorising record label serial numbers with religious awe). Not a lot to it, but the sense of period is acute, the script witty without falling into the crude pitfalls that beset other adolescent comedies, and the performances are spot-on.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Diner on Blu-ray from Warner handles the pervasive darkness far better than the last SD transfer. The 1080P image quality shows some pleasing grain textures and no noise or artifacts. This is only single-layered with a middling bitrate. Colors seem richer and truer than SD could relate and the DVD tended to look blocky at times. Skin tones seem accurate and contrast exhibits deep black levels. Daylight scenes show more detail but the film's darkness seems very accurate to the theatrical look. This Blu-ray does its job in terms of exporting thick, film-like, grain-soaked visuals.
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No boost going on here - its a mono track via a DTS-HD Master at 1092 kbps. I like the authenticity and, hence, there is not much to add - the score is by the relatively unknown team of Bruce Brody and Ivan Král. Augmented the frequent 50's hits like It's All in the Game, Jerry Lee Lewis' Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Dion & The Belmonts' A Teenager in Love and I Wonder Why, Bobby Darin's Dream Lover and Beyond the Sea, Blue Moon, La Bamba, Chuck Berry and so much more. It still sounds good via the uncompressed even without range or substantial depth.My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The supplements appear to duplicate the SE DVD. These extras include a brief introduction by director/writer Barry Levinson, a Behind the Scenes documentary entitled Diner: On the Flip Side. It runs over 1/2 and hour and has input from many of the young stars and the filmmakers. lastly we have a theatrical trailer in 480i.
January 27th, 2015
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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