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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Winter Sleep aka 'Kis Uykusu' [Blu-ray]

 

(Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2014)

 

  

Available on Blu-ray in the UK from New Wave Films:

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Zeynofilm

Video: Adopt Film

 

Disc:

Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 3:16:29.000 

Disc Size: 40,366,419,380 bytes

Feature Size: 39,379,224,576 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.24 Mbps

Chapters: 20

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: May 5th, 2015

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 24 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

Dolby Digital Audio Turkish 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps

 

Subtitles:

English (burned-in)

 

Extras:

• None

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: In Palme d'Or winner Winter Sleep, Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities…

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Directed by the Turkish cinema master, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, this enthralling, brilliantly photographed film won the top prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and was Turkey's entrant in the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film category. Ceylan's Once Upon A Time in Anatolia had shared the top prize at Cannes in 2011. Set in the amazingly picturesque Cappadocia region in central Turkey, the exterior scenes strikingly capture the remarkable topography a World Heritage site while the interior scenes bring Rembrandt to mind. A retired actor has inherited a small hotel where he is ensconced with his recently divorced sister, his much younger and growingly discontented wife. A seemingly trivial incident sets in motion a drama of personalities at odds with each other and the paths their lives have taken. The superb cast of actors quickly takes your attention and won't let it go.

 

 

The Film:

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's drama Winter Sleep stars Haluk Bilginer as Aydin, a one-time actor of some renown who runs a hotel in a remote part of Central Anatolia. Although he believes himself to be a good and kind man, he has a series of interactions that force him to consider the lies he tells himself in order to construct his life and identity. Challenging his perceptions of himself and his life are his younger wife, his sister, and a local family who pay Aydin rent. Winter Sleep won the Palme d'or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

 

Bundle up and walk, don’t run, to Winter Sleep, if you possibly can. This is a mid-January film that offers little escape from the chill but lots of enrichment over its unhurried 196-minute running time. Think of it as dramatic slow-cooking where the ingredients take their time to come together.

This carefully composed drama from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes last May, is simultaneously strange and familiar. The strange part is the setting, in the chilly mountain desert of Cappadocia in the Anatolian steppes, a fairy tale landscape of grey and yellow boulders, cones, pillars and mushroom-shaped rocks, where, in the winter, snakes of mist curl around the ground and herds of wild ponies thunder across the land. That’s where we first see the protagonist Aydin (Haluk Bilginer) picking mushrooms at dawn.

Excerpt from the Globe and Mail located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep is a beautiful film filled with amazing cinematography and has made it to Blu-ray in Region 'A' from Adopt Films.  We may compare to the UK BD edition. This is dual-layered with a reasonable bitrate for the 3 1/4 hour film. It looks quite strong with kudos to the production (shot in Central Anatolia, Turkey) and the 1080P transfer. It is super clean, a bit glossy, but the visuals are hypnotic in the higher resolution. I'll reserve any further comments till we see it in another HD edition, but it looks excellent in the 2.39:1 frame with tight, and realistic, colors. I had no issue with this video presentation.

 

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Audio :

A couple of points in the negative for this release; the audio is lossy Dolby 2.0 channel and it sounds fine but no depth or range.  It has few aggressive effects but subtleties (wind) are not as robust as they might have been exported theatrically. The film has a couple of Franz Schubert piece (Sonata in A major D959 - Andantino and Piano Sonata No. 20 A Major) and L. Michelini's Desolation. I believe a lossless transfer would have benefitted the film's atmosphere significantly. Secondly, the subtitles are burned-in and many cinephiles prefer the ability to remove them is possible. My Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.

 

Extras :

None. While the film is lengthy - there is space on the disc to add some discussion about this incredible film.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
An amazing film experience. Winter Sleep offers the viewer the same feeling as Ceylan's Once Upon A Time in Anatolia but, while different themes, is still evocative of some of the great directors of the past. Cinema like this is so rare and while relegated to Festivals - we should be so thankful it is available such a strong home theatre format to enjoy at out leisure. Thank you Blu-ray. I may compare to the Region 'B' New Wave BD, which I suspect may offer more. For region 'A'-locked audiences - this is still very much recommended! 

Gary Tooze

May 3rd, 2015

  

Available on Blu-ray in the UK from New Wave Films:

 

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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