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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night [Blu-ray]
(Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Say Ahh Productions
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 45,465,663,629 bytes
Feature Size: 22,058,151,936 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 21st, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Persian 1857 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1857 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Persian 1583 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1583 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Behind the Scenes Footage (20:32)
• Deleted Scenes (22:08)
• Q&A Hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum (44:18)
• Stills gallery
• Trailer (1:30)
• VICE Behind-the-Scenes Documentary (19:13)
• VICE Meets Ana Lily Amirpour and Sheila Vand (31:05)
•Collectible Graphic Novels with essay by Eric Kohn
Description: Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom...blood red.
Combing horror, film noir and westerns, Ana Lily
Amirpour’s debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at
Night, is a refreshing take on vampire lore.
By the time the vampire in the chador is skateboarding down a dark,
desolate street, the director Ana Lily Amirpour has ensured that “A
Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” will roll on in your memory. The
vampire, a Persian-speaking waif called the Girl (Sheila Vand), also
wears a striped fishing shirt and an occasional smear across her mouth
that isn’t lipstick. She’s taken the skateboard from a nameless tyke (Milad
Eghbali), whose indomitable quality and threadbare clothes evoke the
children populating Abbas Kiarostami’s early films and, in turn, those
of Italian neorealism. Whatever the inspiration, the kid is just one of
a number of character types drifting through Ms. Amirpour’s cinematic
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night - "the first Iranian vampire Western" arrives on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. The image reminds me of the thick, heavy black and white visuals of Mario Bava's Black Sunday. Shot with the Arri Alexa, this film is transferred to a dual-layered disc with a middling bitrate as it is shared with many supplements. The style precludes any tightness although close-ups look highly impressive as does the contrast in lower lighting. I don't mind the thickness and flatness of the visuals as it really seem to augment the atmosphere. The aspect ratio comes in at around 2.39:1 and the widescreen further helps any intended homage. Pretty sweet looking overall. I could drown in this image. This Blu-ray does its job and any noise or digitization only seems to help the presentation.
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Kino Lorber give the option of a decent DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1857 kbps or a similarly robust 2.0 channel stereo - both in the original Persian-language. It sounds fine - effects are not abundant but its the empty silences that remain haunting. There is no score per-se but we do get music; Farah's Dancing Girls, Death performing White Lies and some Persian music; Routine of Sorrow (CHARKHESH E POOCH) and Radio Tehran's Gelaye are some of the tracks played in the film and they sound exceptionally clean and moody with the stark black+white visuals. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
This is advertised as a 'Special Collector's Edition Blu-ray' and has almost 2 hour's worth of extras. This includes 20-minutes of Behind-the-Scenes footage or production, make-up etc. Plus fans of the film may wish to see the 22-minutes of 12 deleted scenes that are included for those who can't get enough of A Girl Walks Home Alone. We also get a 45-minute Q&A Hosted by Roger Corman at the Hammer Museum. There is a 20-minute VICE 'Behind-the-Scenes documentary' as well as more than 1/2 hour of VICE Meets Ana Lily Amirpour and Sheila Vand which is highly interesting. Lastly we get a stills gallery and trailer but the hefty inclusion in the package is the collectible graphic novels of A Girl Walks Home Alone with an essay by Eric Kohn.
April 14th, 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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