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Wild Tales aka "Relatos salvajes" [Blu-ray]
(Damián Szifrón, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Kramer & Sigman Films
Video: Sony + Artificial Eye
Region: FREE/ Region 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 2:02:05.318 / 2:01:59.437
Disc Size: 39,367,128,169 bytes / 46,168,722,477 bytes
Feature Size: 31,909,976,064 bytes / 39,680,044,416 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.86 Mbps / 34.86 Mbps
Chapters: 16 / 12
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase / Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: June 16th, 2015 / June 15th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 3722 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3722 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Descriptive Audio Track:
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 4018 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4018
kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 /
LPCM Audio Spanish 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
English (SDH), English , French, none
• Wild Shooting: Creating the Film (24:58)
• An Evening at TIFF with Damián Szifrón (6:47)
•Theatrical trailer (2:11)
The Making of Wild Tales (24:56)
Description: Inequality, injustice and the demands of the
world we live in cause stress and depression for many
people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a movie
about those people.
Ordinary people provoked into acts of madness is the energizing theme of
Wild Tales, an extreme satire about modern life by Argentinean
writer/director Damián Szifrón.
Revenge is served cold and sometimes hot but always deliciously in this
collection of six darkly comic shorts from Argentina's Damián Szifron,
which ought to be a strong contender in the foreign language category
when Oscar night rolls round. Each of the tales - Pasternak,
The Rats, Road To Hell, Dynamite, The Bill and
Till Death Us Do Part - sees the preyed upon become predator and
when these worms turn, they bite.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Wild Tales comes to Blu-ray from Sony with a lot of fan-favorite support. It appears to have been shot on high-end digital and looks, appropriately, very sharp and crisp with frequent depth and a smidgeon of teal-leaning. The 1080P visuals look pristine. the format chosen exports a shade of haze in-motion but the overall visuals are strikingly rich and full in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray has a, predictably, consistent appearance with no flaws and Javier Julia's cinematography is expertly supported in the HD disc presentation.
Pretty similar but the AE is marginally superior for those that care enough. A shade crisper and richer contrast - but this may be imperceptible depending on how discerning a system you have.
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The audio is transferred in a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at a healthy 3722 kbps in the original Spanish. There are plenty of separated effects that definitely benefit from the robust lossless rendering with floor rattling depth notable in Road To Hell and Dynamite plus the beautiful score by Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, 21 Grams, Biutiful.) There is other music - much of it in Till Death Us Do Part including Giorgio Moroder's Love Theme From Flashdance - Lady, Lady, Lady, Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words), and Kobi Oshrat's Hallelujah. Dialogue was clear and plus there is an optional 'Descriptive Audio' track and subtitle options on theregion FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Audio is likewise too close to call but technically AE advances with a more robust 5.1 and also offers a linear PCM 2.0 channel, but we lose the audio descriptive track and the French DUB. It also has optional English subtitles but is coded region 'B'-locked.
Sony add some extras; Wild Shooting: Creating the Film is a 25-minute 'making of' with input from the director, producer and others about the evolution of Wild Tales. We also get a 7-minute Evening at TIFF with Damián Szifrón where the director helps introduce a screening of the film at the Toronto International Film Festival. There is also a theatrical trailer.
Same making of and trailer but we lose the TIFF evening but gain a decent 6-minute interview with the director, Damián Szifrón. Even-Steven, IMO.
Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
I liked it just as much the second time - even knowing what would happen. Great film to show to friends - or certain segments. AE advances but not enough to make issue, IMO. Great film to have in the collection. Absolutely recommended!
June 5th, 2015
June 15th, 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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