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Little Man Tate [Blu-ray]
(Jodie Foster, 1991)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Orion Pictures
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,574,360,812 bytes
Feature Size: 22,499,174,400 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
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 1606 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1606 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: Jodie Foster made her directorial debut (with a script by Scott Frank) in this tale of a child prodigy's search for social acceptance. Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) is a precocious fourth grader who has no problem with the most complex mathematical problems or in banging out a Rachmaninoff concerto on the piano, but is totally inept at playing baseball or dealing with children his own age. His mother Dede (Jodie Foster) is a cocktail waitress who acts more like a child than Fred, but cares passionately about her son. Fred comes to the attention of child psychologist Jane Grierson (Dianne Wiest), who runs a summer camp for child prodigies called Odyssey of the Mind. She invites Fred to attend the summer session, creating a rift between Fred and Dede.
Yet, as directed by Ms. Foster, the film has a kind of purity of purpose
and control that is very rare in mass-market movies. It avoids a lot of
sentimental nonsense. It is also sparely (and well-) written by Scott
Frank, the man who wrote the screenplay for Kenneth Branagh's "Dead
Fred Tate (Hann-Byrd) is a gifted child: by age seven, he can play the piano backwards, paint like a master, and solve complex maths problems. But at school he's bored in lessons, and left doodling Da Vinci-style while other pupils frolic in the playground. Single parent mother Dede (Foster) comes into conflict with child psychologist Jane Grierson (Wiest), who takes the boy under her wing: tough-talking Dede is ready with the hugs, while Jane serves up macrobiotics and disciplinary lectures. Foster's directorial debut is a worthy attempt to explore a little understood subject, but the film is bogged down by an approach to Wiest and Foster's characters which polarises intellect and emotion. Hann-Byrd has more to grapple with, and perfectly conveys Fred's jumbled motives and acute sensitivity.
Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Little Man Tate gets a single-layered Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films, but it looks quite competent in the 1080P resolution with reasonable detail, natural and well-separated colors and smooth, consistent visuals in-motion. I doubt that dual-layering would benefit the image quality extensively. It is clean, no noise and exhibits occasional depth. The Blu-ray certainly improved the presentation over an SD rendering and it gave me as good a video presentation as I was anticipating.
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Olive use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1606 kbps. Effects are sparse but the score by Mark Isham (Crossing Over, In the Valley of Elah, A River Runs Through It) wonderfully supports Jodie Foster's film. There is also some excellent music including Ella Fitzgerald performing Cole Porter's I Get A Kick Out Of You in the opening credits, plus Burt Bacharach's What The World Needs Now Is Love and some classical; Mozart's String Quartet No 21 in D Major and his Piano Quartet In E Flat Major as well as Brahms' Liebesliederwalze - all sounding excellent and crisp. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with their releases.
April 23rd, 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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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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