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The Dance of Reality aka "La Danza de la realidad" [Blu-ray]
(Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Le Soleil Films
Video: Artificial Eye / Curzons
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 36,169,073,216 bytes
Feature Size: 33,457,410,048 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.24 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 14th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 1922 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1922 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Spanish 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
•Cannes Intro (8:35)
• Trailer (1:24)
Description: The Dance of Reality, written, produced and directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky is a mystical autobiography of Jodorowsky s childhood, blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry. The film reflects the director s view that reality is not objective but rather a dance created by our imaginations. After its world premiere at Cannes in 2013 and US premiere at SXSW in 2014, the film has received universal praise from all media outlets including the New York Times which hailed it as a near masterpiece and a NY Times Critics pick, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, RogerEbert.com, Vulture, Film.com and indieWIRE. It opened in theaters on May 23rd as the #1 independent film in the country and is now Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 93%. Considered the father of the Midnight Movies, Jodorowsky is best known for his films, El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973), which have since become cult classics.
"Having broken away from my illusory self, I was desperately seeking a path and a meaning to life." This phrase perfectly sums up Alejandro Jodorowsky's biographical project: reconstituting the incredible adventure of his life. Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on edge of the Chilean desert, where this film was shot. It was there where he discovered the fundamentals of reality, as he underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
What does a dyed-in-the-wool surrealist conjure up after 23 years away
from making features? Octogenarian cult-movie maestro Alejandro
Sangre") keeps it all fleet, funny and weird in "The Dance of
Reality," but this time in the service of an explicitly
autobiographical meditation on his childhood in the coastal Chilean
village of Tocopilla in the early 1930s.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Dance of Reality gets a very impressive transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye / Curzons. It was shot on digital (Red Epic) and is as clean and crisp as you could image from the screen captures below. It is dual-layered territory with a high bitrate for the 2 1/4 hour feature. Colors are far brighter, deeper and truer than SD could support and there is no noise at all. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy, rich black levels and some frequent depth in the 1.85:1 frame. It's pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering. It looks close to 'demo' level for the attractive eye-candy filled movie. This Blu-ray does an amazingly competent job of presenting The Dance of Reality on your home theatre system.
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The AE Blu-ray of The Dance of Reality offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 1922 kbps in the original Spanish language. It has some separations adding to the exotic atmosphere and some depth is also present in the few instances of aggression. There is also a linear PCM stereo track (1536 kbps) available - both are in 16-bit. The score is by Adan Jodorowsky (the director's son) and sounds colorful and tight. Everything is, predictably, clear and rich - without flaws whatsoever. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Not a lot - 8.5 minutes of Jodorowsky's introduction and reception at Cannes, hosted by Nicolas Winding Refn, and there is also a trailer for the film.
September 4th, 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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