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(Christopher Nolan, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Paramount Pictures
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 40,731,702,679 bytes
Feature Size: 40,306,139,136 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.25 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase (Digibook in the UK)
Release date: March 31st, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 and 1,78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3693 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3693 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none
Collectible Interstellar film cell from an original 70MM IMAX print of the film
ˇ Feature film in standard definition
Description: A breathtaking filmmaking achievement, INTERSTELLAR has been named one of the Top Ten movies of the year by Rolling Stone, Esquire, the New York Post and more, and has received five Academy AwardŽ nominations including Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Original Score. Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey stars as ex-pilot-turned-farmer Cooper, who must leave his family and a foundering Earth behind to lead an expedition traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. The film also stars Academy Award-winners Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine and Academy Award-nominees Jessica Chastain4 and John Lithgow.
Like the great space epics of the past, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”
distills terrestrial anxieties and aspirations into a potent pop
parable, a mirror of the mood down here on Earth. Stanley Kubrick’s “2001:
A Space Odyssey” blended the technological awe of the Apollo era
with the trippy hopes and terrors of the Age of Aquarius. George Lucas’s
first “Star Wars” trilogy, set not in the speculative future but
in the imaginary past, answered the malaise of the ’70s with
swashbuckling nostalgia. “Interstellar,” full of visual dazzle,
thematic ambition, geek bait and corn (including the literal kind), is a
sweeping, futuristic adventure driven by grief, dread and regret.
It’s rare for a film to deliver a scene of such emotional power that the
hardened critic is fighting back tears. It’s even less common for a
celluloid image to have that effect. Interstellar does both.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
My goodness. Interstellar is stunning on Blu-ray from Paramount. While the IMAX 70 mm version that some were fortunate enough to see was shown (some scenes) in ratios of 1.44:1 and 1.90:1, the 70 mm version - 2.20:1 and this Blu-ray, dependant on the scene in 2.39:1 and 1.78:1. The visuals are frequently hypnotic from the space sequences and the beauty and serenity of earth with the day lit scenes shown around the farm looking bright and crisp. Contrast, colors, detail are totally adeptly rendered and, predictably, look totally flawless on the dual-layered disc (sharing with no supplements) with supportive bitrate. There are no weaknesses at all - no noise or post digital manipulation for the 1080P presentation. This Blu-ray shows demo-level video - kudos the film's magical special effects and DoP Hoyte Van Hoytema.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
The audio is as strong as the impressive video. We get a tight DTS-HD Master 5.1 at very healthy 3693 kbps. There are many crisp separations and bass response is intimidating with its power potential utilized in the explosions of launching space vehicles. Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave, The Thin Red Line, Broadcast News, Angels and Demons etc.) composes the score which reminded me of Philip Glass' in Koyaanisqatsi. It is very contemplative, reflective and I can't imagine a better accompaniment to the film's visuals. It is so effective rising and falling with the screen moods. The audio is, likewise, absolutely perfectly exported by the lossless surround track.My Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
As stated, the film is on a separate Blu-ray and we are given a second BD with all of the supplements - director/co-writer Christopher Nolan is frequently involved in the production videos - as is younger brother Jonathan (co-writer of Interstellar), some of the Producers, cast and film composer Hans Zimmer. The Science of Interstellar runs 50-minutes and is an extended cut of the, previously-released, broadcast special. Plotting an Interstellar Journey runs almost 8-minutes and discusses the film’s origins, influences and narrative designs. Life on Cooper’s Farm is just shy of 10-minutes and focuses on how the filmmakers brought Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie. The Dust is only 2.5 minutes and we learn how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and see how to create, and clean up after, a catastrophic dust storm. TARS and CASE spends 10-minutes on the designing and building of these unique characters and how they were brought to life on set and in the film. Cosmic Sounds is almost 1/4 of an hour and shows us the concepts, process, and recording of Hans Zimmer’s unforgettable score. The Space Suits is a look at the design and build of the suits and helmets, and what it was like to wear them. It runs less than 5 minutes. The Endurance explore the massive set for 10-minutes with a guided tour by production designer Nathan Crowley. Shooting in Iceland: Miller’s Planet/Mann’s Planet has over a dozen minutes travelling with the cast and crew to Iceland and see the challenges they faced in creating two vastly different worlds in one country. The Ranger and the Lander is a 12-minute look at the other two spaceships in the film. Miniatures in Space shows us the large-scale models used in the explosive docking sequence. It runs 5.5 minutes. In The Simulation of Zero-G we discover the various methods that the filmmakers used to create a zero gravity environment. Celestial Landmarks explores how the filmmakers used practical special effects informed by real scientific equations to give the illusion of real space travel for both the actors and the audience. It runs almost 14-minutes. Across All Dimensions and Time is a 9-minute look at the concept and design of the Tesseract, which incorporated a practical set rather than a green screen. Final Thoughts has 6-minutes of the cast and crew reflect back on their Interstellar experience. There are 3 theatrical trailers and one teaser trailer. YES, my copy had a collectible Interstellar film cell from an original 70MM IMAX print of the film. Mine was the dirt road travelling to the farmhouse. The package also contains a DVD of the feature film in standard definition and a Digital HD copy of the film.
Blu-ray 2 (Supplements)
March 21st, 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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Gary W. Tooze
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