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Mr. Turner [Blu-ray]
(Mike Leigh, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Film 4
Video: Entertainment One
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 46,510,759,804 bytes
Feature Size: 38,040,281,088 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.01 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: March 2nd, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1751 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1751 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio Descriptive Track:
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2065 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2065 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
•Making of - The Many Colors of Mr. Turner (30:32)
Description: Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
The gap between the celestial art of the great English romantic painter
Joseph Mallord William Turner and the brutish details of his life is
vividly explored in Mike Leigh’s tragicomic movie Mr. Turner.
Leigh, himself a somewhat curmudgeonly romantic, is best known for his
caustic portraits of contemporary British life (Naked,
Secrets and Lies). This is only the third time in a long career
that he has made a period movie (his others were Vera Drake,
about a 1950s abortionist, and his Gilbert and Sullivan biopic
Not here, though. “Mr. Turner” is a mighty work of critical
imagination, a loving, unsentimental portrait of a rare creative soul.
But even as it celebrates a glorious painter and illuminates the sources
of his pictures with startling clarity and insight, the movie patiently
and thoroughly demolishes more than a century’s worth of mythology about
what art is and how artists work. You may have had the good fortune to
study Turner’s watercolors and martial tableaus up close, to linger over
his storms and placid river scenes, but somehow Mr. Leigh makes it all
look newly painted, fresh and strange.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Mr. Turner gets an impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Entertainment One in the UK. It is dual-layered with a strong bitrate for the 2.5 hour feature. J. M. W. Turner was said to be a 'Romantic preface to Impressionism' and capturing the essence of his work would seem to be an incredible diligent project for the cinematographer (Dick Pope). From an interview HERE; "Dick Pope’s approach in the film was primarily to evoke, not reproduce the artist’s works. To do this he sought to find a way to use the same kind of palette and coloring as Turner’s paintings for the film." “Turner used warm yellow in the highlights and blue/teal in the shadows as his two main complementary colors. Indeed this seems to be born out by the chart of color pigments available to him at the time and as displayed at Tate Britain. His use of these 2 complimentary colors adheres very well to color grading theory, in that if you add yellow to your highlights and blue to your shadows, basically split toning the highlights and shadows, you change the world around the subject but skin tones remain the same.”
The appearance of Mr. Turner has accurately been described as 'sophisticated'. The 1080P supports some demonstration-level visuals and contrast exhibits healthy layering, with some depth in the 2.39:1 frame. It's, predictably, pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws, whatsoever, with the rendering. This Blu-ray and film present as gorgeous and impressive image as I have seen in a long while. Kudos to Dan Taylor's Art Direction, Charlotte Watts' Set Decoration and the Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran.
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Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 1751 kbps. Thee isn't a lot of separation exported by the film (or aggression), but what little exists is crisp with some notable discretion. The impressive score was done by Gary Yershon (Leigh's excellent Happy-Go-Lucky) augmented by Henry Purcell's Dido's Lament from the Opera "Dido and Aenas" and Beethoven's "Sonata Pathétique". This is where the track sounds wonderful and the lossless only helps the classic mood. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Extras have only the 1/2 hour 'Making of'... entitled The Many Colors of Mr. Turner with the filmmakers, including Mike Leigh, discussing the production hurdles and desired look.
NOTE: The US Sony release will include this same 'making of...' as well as a commentary with writer/director Mike Leigh, a deleted scene and a featurette entitled; “The Cinematic Palette: The Cinematography of Mr. Turner”.
March 13th, 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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