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(Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Les Films du Worso
Video: Artificial Eye
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,146,480,388 bytes
Feature Size: 30,504,230,976 bytes
Video Bitrate: 35.00 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 10th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio French | Arabic | Bambara | English | Songhay 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio French | Arabic | Bambara | English | Songhay 3018 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3018 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
•Theatrical Trailer (1:53)
• Timbuktu 'Fasso' Music Clip (3:19)
Description: Passionate, humanistic and enormously powerful, Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards and screened in competition for the "Palme d Or" at Cannes Film Festival 2014. Based on the forceful takeover of Mail in 2012, Timbuktu is a searing and extraordinary fable about the dangers of religious extremism that positions Sissako at the forefront of African cinema.
Abderrahmane Sissako's drama Timbuktu tells the story of Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed), a cattle herder who lives in the mountains outside the titular city with his wife and children. They keep a distance from the religious fundamentalists who control the town, and also grow more and more severe in their leadership as time passes. However, one day the family is forced to confront the growing terror head-on.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
The blend of horror and absurdity is embodied in the character of a
Haitian woman (Kettly NoŽl), a refugee from the 2010 earthquake, a
voodoo priestess who wears long flowing clothes and carries a pet
rooster under her arm. In one scene, she casts a spell on Abdelkerim
with a small cloth bracelet that causes him to go into a tai-chi chicken
dance; the dance is intercut with glimpses of a young couple, buried up
to their necks, as they are stoned to death for adultery.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Timbuktu was shot with the Arri Alexa HD camera and looks to have a very pleasing transfer to Blu-ray from Artificial Eye. It's solidly in dual-layered territory with a max'ed out bitrate. Colors are passive and true. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting healthy detail and some minor depth in the 2.39:1 frame. It's pristinely clean there are really no flaws with the rendering. This Blu-ray provides an impressive presentation of this gorgeous film.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
The AE Blu-ray of Timbuktu offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3018 kbps. It has hints of separation but everything is of a subtle nature with only a couple of more aggressive instances (gunfire). There is also a 2.0 channel linear PCM stereo track ay 2304 kbps. The Amin Bouhafa score sounds wonderfully gentle in lossless. Nothing but positives here for the audio transfer as well. There are, unfortunately, burned-in, English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Just a trailer and a very pleasant music clip onthis Artificial Eye Blu-ray release.
August 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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