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(aka "About Elly" )

 

directed by Asghar Farhadi
Iran / France 2009

 

Anyone who is a fan of Oscar winning A Separation, and the work of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi will want to see About Elly. It is a masterclass in both storytelling and film making. Farhadi is a multi-award winning director and not without reason; one of those reasons is his brilliance in the art of deception and illusion. He has the gift of deceiving us into believing we are watching a simple slice of Iranian life but all the while he is planting seeds that will grow and eventually come to maturity and fruition in the most unexpected and enlightened of ways.

About Elly, superficially at least, is a story about a group of 30 something middle class Iranians, who together with their children take a 3 day break from life in Tehran to travel north up to the Caspian Sea for some sun, fun and relaxation. Unbeknown to the main group trip organizer, Sepideh (Golshifteh Farahani) has been playing matchmaker. She plans on introducing her daughters apparently singleton teacher Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti) a stranger to the main group, to the recently divorced Ahmad (Shahab Hosseini).

Excerpt of review from Way Too Indie located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 7 February 2009 (Berlin International Film Festival)

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Comparison:

Axiom Films - Region 2 - PAL vs. Cinema Guild - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

1) Axiom - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Cinema Guild - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Axiom Films

Region 2 - PAL

Cinema Guild
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:53:41 (4% PAL speedup) 1:58:22
Video

1:1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1:1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

Disc Size: 44,319,291,775 bytes
Feature Size: 24,743,491,584 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Audio Farsi (3.1 Dolby Digital), Farsi (2.0 Dolby Digital) DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Farsi
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Axiom Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.85

Edition Details:
• Interview with Asghar Farhadi (7:53)
• Trailers
• Stills gallery

DVD Release Date: Jan 28th, 2013
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Cinema Guild

 

1:1.85 Original Aspect Ratio

Disc Size: 44,319,291,775 bytes
Feature Size: 24,743,491,584 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Press Conference with director Asghar Farhadi and actors Golshifteh Farahani, Peyman Moadi, Rana Azadivar and Merila Zarei at the 59th Berlin Film Festival (42:12 minutes)
• From Iran, A Separation (2013, 52 :11 minutes), a documentary by Azadeh Mousavi and Kourosh Ataei
• Theatrical Trailer
• Trailers from other titles
• Booklet featuring essay by Tina Hassannia, author of “Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema”

 

Blu-ray Release Date: August 18th , 2015
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Cinema Guild - Region FREE - Blu-ray September 15': I’m very pleased that Cinema Guild released this masterpiece on Blu-ray. The disc is dual layered occupying 44,41 GB of space. It’s a North American release, but my copy (not a screener) plays on region ”B” players.

I compared side by side on a projector both the UK DVD and this
Blu-ray disc. The Blu-ray is a huge step in picture and sound quality. The greenish outlook is now more natural. There are still some big issues. The Blu-ray transfer has still heavy edge enhancement in some scenes. I have an overall feeling that the Blu-ray disc is over manipulated, maybe due the lack of better source material. The image looks more like it was was shot on digital media, than on film stock. The disc have a strong feeling that it’s electronically sharpened, and many scenes have lost ”the touch of film”, like someone had screwed up to much information also in the dark scenes.

However, this film is a masterpiece, and this is the best way to watch it, even with the faults. An absolute film to own. Even in this way it’s one off the years best
Blu-ray releases. Thanks' CINEMA GUILD!

The DTS-HD 2.0 sound is much more impressive than the sound on the DVD.

There’s on the extra material two long documents. First we have a Press Conference from the the 59th Berlin film festival (51 minutes). It’s only for masochist. It’s from a live TV broadcast. You know: First someone is fixing the microphones (4 min), then there is a question from a German reporter. The interpreter translates in English one third of the question, then Farhadi answers the question in Farsi. The interpreter is silent a long time, and finally translates one third of the answer. And this goes one for 51 minutes. Even tough there’s some informative answers, everything could have been cut down to ten minutes, and with proper English subtitles.

The second extra is documentary of Farhadi’s film A SEPARATION. It’s a documentary for a big audience. It’s about the huge success of A SEPARATION, and feelings among Iranian people about the film.

There’s also the films trailer, and some trailers of Cinema Guilds repertoire.

Highly recommended, even though the disc and the extras have room for improvement.

***

ON THE DVD:  Axiom Films (UK) brings Asghar Farhadi’s ABOUT ELLY in a dual layered PAL DVD occupying 5.47 GB of space, and coded for region 2.

I thank Axiom Films for bringing this masterpiece to an English friendly DVD. An opportune that shouldn’t been missed! The film is in line with Asghar Farhadi’s A SEPARATION, and THE PAST. For an audience’s that want to see the best of modern cinema.

Having a film of these quality, you easily forgive the mild weakness of the transfer. There’s a lot of scratches on the film negative, that is there and you can’t do anything to remove it, but the overall expose has a strong digital layer, and that’s not film grain. There's occasionally heavy edge enhancement, and the black’s are blocked in some scenes. But as I early stated, if the choice is to take it, or leave it, I strongly advice to take it.

The Dolby Digital 3.1 probably sounds like the original sound, I didn’t spot any faults in it!

The short, but informative interview with the director should be seen after the film, as the film is built like a thriller, it revolves to much details in the drama!

A strong advice is to pick up this film!


The film was viewed on a 2m (6,5 feet) screen. Projector EPSON TW 9000W (European serial number). Blu-ray SONY BDP-4100 or Pioneer BDP-170 (region free). The amplifier is a Pioneer VSX-922.

  - Per-Olof Strandberg

 


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2) Cinema Guild - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Axiom - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Cinema Guild - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

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1) Axiom - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Cinema Guild - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


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Distribution

Axiom Films

Region 2 - PAL

Cinema Guild
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

 



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