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Inherent Vice [Blu-ray]
(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Ghoulardi Film Company
Video: Warner Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 38,099,098,222 bytes
Feature Size: 35,797,106,688 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: April 28th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3296 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3296 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 Portuguese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none
• Los Paranoias (1:59)
Second disc DVD
Description: After a publishing career of more than 50
years, Thomas Pynchon has finally allowed one of his novels
to be filmed. Inherent Vice, which has been adapted
and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is all about a stoner
private detective named Larry “Doc” Sportello in 1970
southern California, called in by an ex-girlfriend to
investigate the sinister disappearance of her married lover.
It is an occult mystery upon which Doc attempts to shed
light using the torch he still carries for her.
Clearly, if anyone were to even attempt to bring Pynchon to the screen, they would need to be someone whose cinematic concerns were along the same lines as his literary ones and who also possessed both the talent to pull off such an achievement and the sheer chutzpah to even attempt such a thing in the first place. In terms of talent and chutzpah, Paul Thomas Anderson would have to go to the head of the list--over the course of his first six films--"Hard Eight," "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia," "Punch Drunk Love," "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master"--he has taken some of the most unlikely conceits imaginable (a sympathetic look at the porn industry, a portrait of an exceptionally callous oil baron, an arty take on a typical Adam Sandler premise complete with Sandler himself in the first serious role of his career) and made them pay off with some of the best and most audacious American films of our time. With his latest film, "Inherent Vice," Anderson has taken the bait by bringing Pynchon's 2009 detective novel to the big screen and once again, he has gambled much on his enormous talent and has somehow come out a big winner. This is a gloriously whacked-out and surprisingly touching crazy-quilt of a movie that works both as a cinematic translation of Pynchon and as part of Anderson's distinct filmography and is not just the best film of 2014 but Anderson's best work since "Magnolia" and one of the most impressive literary adaptations that I have seen in a long time.Excerpt from eCritic located HERE
Mr. Anderson, a Los Angeles son and its reigning cinema laureate, knows
California’s plagues and pleasures well. His films are filled with its
light and malevolent forces, its faith healers and dream peddlers.
Bodies writhe like Cecil B. DeMille extras in “Boogie
Nights,” in which a pornutopia is found and lost, while a
prophet rises in “Magnolia”
with a Kubrickian flourish. In “There
Will Be Blood,” an oil speculator who sounds like John Huston
(it’s Chinatown, Jake) gushes crude and blood; in “The
Master,” a religion is born on the bodies of broken men. (Psst,
it’s Scientology.) Like some filmic equivalent of Kevin Starr, the
pre-eminent historian of California, Mr. Anderson tells the state’s
story with big-picture sweep, intellectual cool and unforced sympathy.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Inherent Vice arrives on Blu-ray from Warner and this reviewer anxiously watched Paul Thomas Anderson's marvellously inventive cornucopia of crime, drama and mystery. The transfer is dual-layered but a modest bitrate for the 2 1/2 hour film. The visuals are quite appealing - with kudos to Robert Elswit's cinematography as well as the 1080P. Let's hear it for 35mm! Daylight scenes dominate many sequences and are impressive and, on the flipside, nothing is overly dark and I saw no noise. This Blu-ray has imperfections occasionally looking a shade soft-ish and, while, isn't the tightest - but the presentation in-motion is impeccable. As you may have anticipated - there is nothing her to complain about. This Blu-ray exports a very pleasing image and the quality is consistently clean with solid contrast layering.
NOTE: The captures below are courtesy of our friend Erik Hundland on his site HERE (Thanks Erik!)
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We get a powerful audio track in the form of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at a whopping 3296 kbps. Effects take a backseat to the rich depth of the music - from the score by Jonny Greenwood of 'Radiohead' fame (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Norwegian Wood, The Master) and if you perk your ears you'll catch The Association's Never My Love, Neil Young's Journey thru the Past, Sam Cooke performing (What A) Wonderful World as well as the themes for both Adam-12 and Gilligan's Island! All sounding pretty tight, clean and toe-tappingly fine via the lossless. There are optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Not much - the three video pieces are much akin to different trailers with the, relevant, names; Los Paranoias, Shasta Fay and The Golden Fang with a more in-depth advert in the 6-minute Everything in this Dream. But that it all. The package had a second disc DVD and includes Digital HD UltraViolet so you can enjoy the film on many different compatible devices.
April 12th, 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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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