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Inherent Vice [Blu-ray]

 

(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)

 

             

 

 

           

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Ghoulardi Film Company

Video: Warner Video

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 2:28:43.456

Disc Size: 38,099,098,222 bytes

Feature Size: 35,797,106,688 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps

Chapters: 10

Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Release date: April 28th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

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

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

• Los Paranoias (1:59)
Shasta Fay (1:11)
The Golden Fang (2:11)
Everything in this Dream (5:49)
Includes Digital HD UltraViolet so you can enjoy the film on many different compatible devices

Second disc DVD

 

Bitrate:

 

 

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.

The resulting movie is a delirious triumph: a stylish-squared meeting of creative minds, a swirl of hypnosis and symbiosis, with Pynchon’s prose partly assigned to a narrating character and partly diversified into funky dialogue exchanges. Each enigmatic narrative development is a twist of the psychedelic kaleidoscope.

Excerpt from The Guradian located HERE 

 

The Film:

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.

He’s a good fit, in other words, for the site-specific “Inherent Vice,” Mr. Pynchon’s third novel set in California. Mr. Anderson has condensed the book with surgical precision, ditching certain subplots, characters and locales while retaining the novel’s sociopolitical tug, barbed asides and chokingly funny details. In a nice genre twist, he has also added a female narrator, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, who helps offset all the peekaboo miniskirts. Mr. Phoenix’s note-perfect performance flows on the story’s currents of comedy that occasionally turn into rapids, as the funny ha-ha, funny strange back-and-forth abruptly gives way to Three Stooges slapstick: a bonk on the head, a kick in the rear, a fired gun, a busted-down door. Mr. Anderson’s softly lighted close-ups of Doc’s face dovetail beautifully with Mr. Phoenix’s astonishing gift for heart-heavy vulnerability.

Excerpt from Manohla Dargis at the NY Times located HERE

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!)

 

CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio :

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.

 

Extras :

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.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
No one seems to divide critics like PTA. This master-filmmaker is definitely on a different plane (emotional, psychological, metaphysical) than any of his contemporaries. And that makes his films, sooo interesting... and unpredictable... and thought-provoking. What more could you want from cinema? I can't wait to find a reason to watch Inherent Vice again... The Blu-ray supports the film's grandiose experience and all its hints, innuendos and subtleties which give it infinite re-watchability value, despite the meagre supplements. Strongly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

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.

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